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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 2421                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 117 - TRANSPORTATION FOR ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND RELATED
                   CRIMES

HEAD

    Sec. 2421. Transportation generally

STATUTE

      Whoever knowingly transports any individual in interstate or
    foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United
    States, with intent that such individual engage in prostitution, or
    in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a
    criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this
    title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 812; May 24, 1949, ch. 139, Sec.
    47, 63 Stat. 96; Pub. L. 99-628, Sec. 5(b)(1), Nov. 7, 1986, 100
    Stat. 3511; Pub. L. 105-314, title I, Sec. 106, Oct. 30, 1998, 112
    Stat. 2977.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

                                 1948 ACT
      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Secs. 397, 398, 401, 404
    (June 25, 1910, ch. 395, Secs. 1, 2, 5, 8, 36 Stat. 825-827).
      Section consolidates sections 397, 398, 401, and 404 of title 18,
    U.S.C., 1940 ed.
      Section 397 of title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., containing a
    definition of the terms "interstate commerce" and "foreign
    commerce" was omitted as unnecessary in view of the definition of
    those terms in section 10 of this title.
      Section 401 of title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., prescribing venue was
    omitted as unnecessary in view of section 3237 of this title.
      Section 403 of title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., was omitted. No
    definition of "Territory" is necessary to the revised section as it
    is phrased. Construction therein of "person" is covered by section
    1 of title 1, U.S.C., 1940 ed., General Provisions, as amended.
    Last paragraph of said section relating to construction of this
    chapter was omitted as surplusage.
      Words "Possession of the United States" were inserted in three
    places in view of mission of said section 403 of title 18, U.S.C.,
    1940 ed., and, reference in that section to the Canal Zone is
    covered by those words. This chapter applies to the Territory of
    Hawaii. (See Sun Chong Lee v. United States, C.C.A. Hawaii, 1942,
    125 F. 2d 95.)
      Section 404 of title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., containing the short
    title was omitted as not appropriate in a revision.
      Reference to persons causing, procuring, aiding or assisting was
    deleted as unnecessary because such persons are made principals by
    section 2 of this title.
      Words "and upon conviction thereof" were also deleted as
    surplusage since punishment cannot be imposed until a conviction is
    secured.
      Words "deemed guilty of a felony" were deleted as unnecessary in
    view of the definition of a felony in section 1 of this title. (See
    reviser's note under section 550 of this title.)
      Minor changes were also made in translations and phraseology.
                                 1949 ACT
      This section [section 47] corrects a typographical error in
    section 2421 of title 18, U.S.C.
                                AMENDMENTS
      1998 - Pub. L. 105-314 inserted "or attempts to do so," before
    "shall be fined" and substituted "10 years" for "five years".
      1986 - Pub. L. 99-628 amended section generally. Prior to
    amendment, section read as follows:
      "Whoever knowingly transports in interstate or foreign commerce,
    or in the District of Columbia or in any Territory or Possession of
    the United States, any woman or girl for the purpose of
    prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose, or
    with the intent and purpose to induce, entice, or compel such woman
    or girl to become a prostitute or to give herself up to debauchery,
    or to engage in any other immoral practice; or
      "Whoever knowingly procures or obtains any ticket or tickets, or
    any form of transportation or evidence of the right thereto, to be
    used by any woman or girl in interstate or foreign commerce, or in
    the District of Columbia or any Territory or Possession of the
    United States, in going to any place for the purpose of
    prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose, or
    with the intent or purpose on the part of such person to induce,
    entice, or compel her to give herself up to the practice of
    prostitution, or to give herself up to debauchery, or any other
    immoral practice, whereby any such woman or girl shall be
    transported in interstate or foreign commerce, or in the District
    of Columbia or any Territory or Possession of the United States -
      "Shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than
    five years, or both."
      1949 - Act May 24, 1949, corrected spelling of "induce".
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