Smuggle: v. to willfully and fraudulently steal (import and/or export duties) and/or (to import and/or export illegal subset(s)) and/or to move a subset(s) across borders illegally
If you fraudulently avoid paying import or export duties, import or export illegal things, or transport something across borders illegally then you are smuggling.
There is a great temptation to avoid paying import and export duties but what is most frequently smuggled is illegal things such as drugs which have a big profit in doing so.
Elephant ivory should be illegal to transport across borders but big money in China and a relatively lax view of counterfeiting and other illegal activities is encouraging the massive slaughter of elephants and the transport of illegal ivory into China. That international cooperation is necessary in stopping this unconscionable behavior is obvious but no one is using the political and policing power to do anything about it.
Great freedom and the profit motive encourage smugglers and I see very little progress in combating the smuggling without a death penalty which I am against. Maybe lifelong incarceration is a partial solution but there are so many poor humans who will always be willing to take the risk of smuggling for a living even with a death penalty with cruel and unusual punishment. Smuggling doesn’t require extraordinary skill in many cases and there are plenty of unskilled poor humans who will always be taking the risk.
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