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Quentin Rappoport, director of the UK's Wine and Spirit Association, has hit back at last week's announcement by the UK Sentencing Advisory Panel that alcohol smuggling and bootlegging "is a non-violent, non-sexual offence, with no direct personal victim".  The Panel is recommending that smaller scale smugglers are dealt with more leniently by the courts. But Rappoport said: "However small scale, alcohol smuggling is not a victimless crime. Bootlegged alcohol has the potential to get into the hands of underage drinkers since it is a totally unregulated route to market, and this is a matter for serious concern, with wide social consequences.


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