1911/71 Rex vs. Mah Hung – procuring
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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In the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery.
Canada. Province of British Columbia, County of Vancouver, City of Vancouver.
The Jurors for our Lord the King present that Ma Hung at the City of Vancouver in the County of Vancouver in the Province of British Columbia in or about the month of June in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eleven unlawfully did procure one Katie Stephens, a woman, to leave her usual place of abode in Canada, to wit, at the City of Vancouver aforesaid, such place not being a brothel, with Intent that she should for the purpose of prostitution become an inmate of a brothel against the form of the Statute in such case made and provided and against the peace of our Lord the King His Crown and Dignity. 2. And the jurors aforesaid do further present that the said Ma Hung afterwards to wit on or about the sixteenth day of June in the year aforesaid at the City of Prince Rupert in the province aforesaid unlawfully did procure the said Katie Stephens, a woman, to become a prostitute against the form of the Statute in such case made and provided and against the peace of our Lord the King His Crown and Dignity. 3. And the jurors aforesaid do further present that the said Ma Hing on divers days in and between the months of March and June in the year aforesaid at the BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 150 File 1911/71 Attorney General documents.