1914-215 Rex vs. Gin Yuen alias John Young – procuring, Vancouver
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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at 426 Pender Street East?
Mr. Read: I object. The charge is procuring and my friend must confine himself to that. he is not accused of anything else.
Mr. Grant: it is the reputation of that man.
46 Q Now what were the relations with the accused a year ago?
Mr. Read: Pardon me, that has nothing to do with procuring; because a man lives an immoral life - I don't say the accused has - if he likes to live an immoral life he is not charged with it and you cannot ask questions with reference to that offence , and the question whether they committed adultery had nothing to with it.
7 Q Did you have any conversation with the accused about a year ago? A Yes I did.
8 Q What was that conversation? A When he was living with us for about three months and one night my parents happened to go out to the Chinese Theatre and the accused came back, and the accused entered into my room and forced in my bed.
Mr. Read: That is not evidence.
Mr. Grant: That is not the answer I called for.
Court: She was asked for any conversation she had with him. What was the conversation?
9 Q Now after that what conversation had you with the accused regarding living an immoral life? A When he was in the house several times the accused told me to prostitute myself and I refused to do so, and I saw him take away other girls....
Mr. Read: That is not evidence.
Court: I don't think that has any right to go in.
50 Well leave the girls out , what followed about yourself? A I refused to do so.
1 Q Now that two or three months after you us about what happened
BC Archives GR-0419 Box 194 File 1914/211 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.