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  • Illegal activity - How far would you go to feed your kids?

    I was watching a doco a few days ago on the effect cocaine production has had on Columbia. They interviewed some people that work in the illegal labs, some of which are also informants, and they were asked why they do it. They said quite simply to feed their families.

    So it go me thinking..... if you lived in a 3rd world country with no welfare or income support of any kind and your children were starving, would you partake in illegal activities to meet their basic needs?

    If so, would there be any line you would stop at? If not, where do you see an income for people like this?

  • #2
    It's hard to answer as someone who has always lived in first-world conditions. I'd like to think that I'd do anything it took to feed my family.

    People who do bad things in order to survive in DESPERATE circumstances are not bad people, it's amazing what good people can do under desperate circumstances.

    I think people who say they'd "never" do bad things to feed themselves are pretty lucky they will probably never face it.

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    • #3
      I think unless you are in that situation it's a really hard question to answer honestly.

      I will say that several months ago we were absolutely broke and I said to DH that I could really understand why people would turn to "other" means to get money to feed their family and keep a roof over their heads. Thankfully we were able to turn to family for support - but if we had none, I don't know what would have happened to be honest. I would like to think I would never commit a crime but I don't believe in saying never.

      I remember watching a doco years ago about young women and men (aged 17-21) who worked as strippers / dancers in an illegal club where prostitution was pretty much a given sideline. Every one of them did it to either feed themselves, their children and in one case to feed his parents and his siblings.

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      • #4
        As the others have stated i am just answering on what I think/feel but would never truly know because I doubt ill be in that situation..

        But if it came to it and there was no way to feed my kids/family i would do anything to feed them

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        • #5
          I could sell myself (if anyone was willing to pay haha!), sell drugs, sell my bloody kidney if I needed to. I could do anything to myself to feed my kids.

          I could probably even hurt another person if the conditions were that bad, I would like to think I would never be able to hurt a child though.

          God that sounds so bad.

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          • #6
            Yeah I probably would. DH and I were talking about this last week. If it came to it, and our only option was illegal activities we would do it without another thought.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SausageFest View Post
              I could sell myself (if anyone was willing to pay haha!), sell drugs, sell my bloody kidney if I needed to. I could do anything to myself to feed my kids.

              I could probably even hurt another person if the conditions were that bad, I would like to think I would never be able to hurt a child though.

              God that sounds so bad.
              I don't think it sounds bad at all, I think it's honest.

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              • #8
                I would do anything for Jasper. I doubt there is a line

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                • #9
                  None of us here would ever be living under those conditions, but if I was, yes I would do anything. Murder I dunno. But then if my kids die of starvation?? It's a horrible thought isn't it?

                  I guess it got my cogs turning bc we here in aust are so lucky to have CL. We are in a privileged position here to not have to resort to making cocaine bc our kids are literally starving to death

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                  • #10
                    If anyone has seen the movie "Leningrad" with Mira Sorvino in it, I think it really depicts what we are capable of under pressure to keep the ones we love safe in really harsh conditions.

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                    • #11
                      I probably would not do anything illegal as i have been in the situation where I was really desperate and offered illegal "jobs" if we really needed cash.

                      I would do everthing legal(adult work) bfore ripping people off, stealing, causing direct harm through my actions(I realize "adult industry" does this too).

                      We were ripped of and had many bad things happen that lead to us being homeless and earning nothing I could never do that to another person no matter how desperate I was.

                      I am not religious but believe in this..
                      do onto others as you would want done onto you
                      Last edited by motherev2two; 07-09-2010, 22:20.

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                      • #12
                        I would do anything but take a human life, I would steal or sell myself or anything else besides kill. I'd like to think my stealing wouldn't force anyone else into my situation though. I would probably steal animals/plants before i would resort to stealing from others plates.

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                        • #13
                          I'd definately explore legal jobs such as escorting/stripping before breaking the law.
                          I would do anything for my children, including assassination.
                          I've lived in a third world country and worked with people in this position, and the majority of them were very decent, moral people, who did what they could to survive.
                          the brothels I was involved with had shrines, and the escorts were quite religious.
                          so I do think its possible to re-draw your personal lines dependant on the situation.

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                          • #14
                            YES... I would kill to ensure my kids survived... no moral code in that situation... the fittest survive

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                            • #15
                              Well I don't live in a 3rd world country so no I wouldn't. ?you can't really even answer unless you were living in those conditions really

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