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1870/5 Ah Qui, abduction (wife theft and sale)*

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here. 

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BC Archives G-0419

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aforesaid and transferred her to one Lee Bing for a large sum of money to wit the sum of $360 against the form of the Statute &c &c

And the Jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do further present that the said Ah Qui heretofore to wit on the day and year aforesaid did entice under false pretences and Carry away from Hong Kong in China aforesaid one Ah You and that afterwards that is to say on the 30 day of June in the year aforesaid the said Ah Qui brought the said Ah You to Victoria aforesaid where the said Ah Qui did detain the said Ah You against her will and subsequently that is to say on the 12 day of July in the year aforesaid removed the said Ah Qui to Nanaimo in the said Colony. Against the peace &c

And the Jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do further present that the said Ah Qui afterwards to wit on the day and year aforesaid at Hong Kong in China aforesaid did purchase the said Ah You for a large sum of money to wit the sum of $75 and on the 12 day of July in the year aforesaid at Nanaimo did in consideration of a large sum of money to wit the sum of $360 transfer the said Ah You to the said Lee Bing for the purpose of cohabitation and carnal connection

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 9 File 1870/5 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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