Wikitravel:Illegal activities policy
There are many destinations in which travellers might encounter or become involved with illegal activities, either by chance or by choice. In order to be useful, Wikitravel cannot pretend that such activities do not happen. Wikitravel articles should mention activities that are illegal at the destination if such information is likely to be useful to travellers.
This policy is intended to be applied against the local laws at the destination.
Illegal activities that travellers might encounter
If travellers are likely to encounter illegal activity by others, and knowing about this would be useful to them, information should be provided on in the Understand or Stay safe section of the destination guide. Examples include:
Essentially, information and warnings about illegal activity by others should be treated the same way as other destination information: supply it if it is likely to be useful to a traveller.
Illegal activities in which travellers might participate
Travellers may participate in illegal activities for several reasons: they may seek them out; they may not be informed about local laws and practices; or they may be practically necessary. Wikitravel articles should not ignore the possibility that travellers may want to or need to do something illegal but on the other hand articles should not downplay the danger travellers are putting themselves in by participating in illegal activities. Examples of situations where a Wikitravel article should discuss illegal activities include:
In this last case, Wikitravel needs to tread a fine line about giving information. The test is that information should be provided for a traveller's safety, rather than solely to promote illegal activities. When writing about safety issues with illegal activities, Wikitravel articles must always emphasise that that activity is a crime when mentioning safety issues. For example: "X activity, in addition to being illegal, is dangerous because of Y."
Examples of emphasising safety include:
Wikitravel articles should avoid giving information about illegal activities that is useful only to those seeking it and which is not motivated by safety concerns, for example, giving information about the standard price and quality of illegal drugs or about the identities of specific dealers. For example: "heroin in this area, in addition to being illegal, is frequently cut with dangerous additives such as..." would be acceptable in a destination where travellers are likely to encounter the heroin trade, because it is focused on the safety of the supply. "Heroin in X destination is better than in Y destination" would not be acceptable, because it is not motivated by safety concerns.