Essay on Gambling Goes Global

1138 Words May 17th, 2013 5 Pages
Gambling Goes Global on the Internet
(Case 5-2)


Discriminatory or Not?
As the case explains, gambling has existed for many centuries all around the globe. With the evolution of the Internet, this form of recreation has become widely available for everyone with Internet access. This has created opportunities for gamblers, but has become a challenge for those trying to stop the spread of such recreation.
To answer the first question, of whether Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) unfairly discriminates against offshore gaming companies, what is (UIGEA) and what it does or is meant to do should be considered first. In its current form, the UIGEA forces banks and financial institutions from
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The government simply wants to prevent the cash outflow resulting from citizens gambling online as this can be very high as gambling is associated with being an addiction. This may also contribute from the government’s desire on not losing the potential high inflows from tourism visiting the “Las Vegas” casinos.
Ineffectiveness of Law as a Restrictive Measure
Moreover, we continue by answering the second question. How likely is it that the legislative efforts to prevent people who want to gamble from gambling will be successful?
The problem is that the United States Government is the biggest influence on regulation for any aspect of life in America. The government can control what citizens do and how they do things. This can be the result of an effort to protect US consumers from addiction and debt.
Hence, the success of such efforts is questionable as such efforts are affecting the American citizens who believe it is their freedom to gamble. Also, the countries that have gaming companies are greatly affected and are on denial of such efforts, as they feel the US is violating the WTO agreements for free trade. They feel that the US should comply with fair trade and stop the efforts of preventing citizens to engage in offshore gaming as this has no illegal implications that need to be questioned.
Hence, the WTO needs to take a fair stand in this matter by allowing the US to regulate such gambling activity but not ban it,

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