Human Traffic

Sex Trade


The White-Slave Traffic Act is better known as the Mann Act. On June 25, 1910 became law; its name is derived from the congressman James Robert Mann who authored the bill. The original purpose of the law was to prohibit white slavery and the interstate transport of females for ”immoral” purposes it was intended to address prostitution and human trafficking. However, the bill was written with such ambiguous language it allowed selective prosecution from its inception. This law was used to criminalize forms of consensual sexual activities Congress would amend this law twice once in 1978 and again in 1986. When this law was passed its intended use was to eliminate men from having sex with under aged girls. However, this law was used selectively.


Jack Johnson in 1912 was the first to feel the weight of the Mann Act due to his interracial affairs. He Johnson was had an affair with one Lucille Cameron, but she refused to cooperate with the prosecution. Even though she and Johnson had had the affair and traveled before the passing of the Mann Act. Johnson at the time was the first African American heavyweight-boxing champion. This particular case some believe was racially motivated and Johnson was re-arrested for crossing the state line, with Belle Schreiber a prostitute who had not left as paper indicate, she was asked to leave after having sex with Johnson. Belle Schreiber unlike Lucille Cameron cooperated and Johnson was convicted and served 360 days in jail.

William I Thomas career as an academic was damaged permanently at the University of Chicago after an arrest in 1918 under the Mann Act, when he was caught in the company of Mrs. Granger, the spouse of an army officer with the American forces in France. He was later acquitted.


In 1944 Charlie Chaplin was acquitted; he was arrested under the most ridiculous pretense. He met Joan Barry signed her to a contract for 75.00 a week consequently they became lovers. The summer found her contract expired. Charlie sent her home paying her train fair to New York this led to his arrest. Can anyone see how the government was abusing its authority?

Chuck Berry one of the pioneers of rock and roll was arrested in 1962.

Chuck met a young lady age fourteen in Mexico and brought her back to perform with him on stage. He was arrested and convicted under the Mann Act and served some three years

Charles Manson who seems the only one really guilty so far. Was arrested and convicted for taking to prostitutes to work in New Mexico. The above people were arrested and some were convicted and the Mann Act in still on the books. Yet, this law has not had the ability to curb the traffic of women for sexual purpose. You can on any day browse the Internet and other news source and find article suggesting that human traffic is big business. Not only are women, but also children both male and female and the amount of money involve similar to the transatlantic trade makes it worth the risk of getting caught.

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Comments 5 comments

Charles Hilton 5 years ago

Excellent hub.

Some of America's laws are indeed ambiguous and, like you said, selectively prosecuted. Our drug laws, while not so ambiguous, are also selectively prosecuted, and namely on the basis of race.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Interesting read. Sadly, it's still happening, even in Europe.

(Hope you are enjoying the Summer Hols.)


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platinumOwl4 5 years ago Author

Thank you Charles Hilton and Lady_E, I truly appreciate you for being the first to comment on this tragedy for all the women and children involved.


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Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

I was aware of the problems both Jack Johnson and Chuck Berry had with authorities back in their respective generations. I wasn't aware there was a connection in in the form of the Mann Act. Good information and article.


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platinumOwl4 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Charles Hilton for you comment and interest in my hub. Hope to see more of you.

Thank you Lady_E your advice is priceless, I admire you greatly, such grace in presenting your hubs and the skill with which you thank your followers. Have a good one.

Coolmon2009, I am constantly on the watch for your next hub, I am interested in what fascinating subject you will present. Have a good one. And thanks again.

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