enterprise crime

An enterprise crime is one carried on through many transactions over time. It differs from organized crime in that enterprise crime is often small scale and does not always involve violence. Typical enterprise crimes are smuggling, trafficking in persons, grow-ops and child pornography, or fencing stolen goods.

Whether to confiscate capital assets used in an enterprise crime to pay for further prosecution of such crimes has been a controversial issue particularly in the US where the DEA funds itself in this way. This has led to many questionable fishing expeditions and selective enforcement situations. Should the treatment of enterprise crime vary from other crimes?

[+] position: no, the profit motive will corrupt enforcement

[+] position: yes, police can't beg for funds and so need to capture some of the profits of the crime

[+] position: yes, but the accounting must be through general revenues