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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GENERAL FORM OF INFORMATION OR OF COMPLAINT ON OATH. CANADA. Province of British Columbia, County of Atlin, City of Prince Rupert. The Information of William H, Vickers, of the City of Prince Rupert, in the said County of Atlin, taken upon oath, before me, the undersigned, one of His Majesty's Police Magistrates in and for the said City of Prince Rupert, at Prince Rupert, in the said County of Atlln, this 17th day of June, in the year of our lord One thousand nine hundred and eleven, who saith that he hath just cause to suspect and believe, and doth suspect and believe that Ma Hung of the City of Prince Rupert, in the said County of Atlin, within the space of 7 days last past, to wit, on the 16th day of June Instant, at the City of Prince Rupert, In the County aforesaid, did procure Katie Stephens a woman to become within Canada a common prostitute contrary to the form of the Statute in such case made and provided, I ' (sgd) W. H. Vickers, TAKEN and sworn before above mentioned. - ' : the day and year and at the place (sgd) Alfred Carss Police Maglstrate, in and for the City of Prince Rupert. . BC Archives GR-0419 Box 150 File 1911/71 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.