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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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REX vs Gim Yeun

Young Goon Cannery man 496 Keefer St.

I have known the accused about a year and a half, knew him when he was cooking on Main Street. About September 1913 he met me and asked if I would like to have intercourse with a young Chinese girl. I asked him whom it was when he told me Annie daughter of Gim Wing. He told me it would cost $5.00 per time, and I made an appointment for the next afternoon. I met him the following afternoon and paid him $5.00 and he took me to 420 Hastings Street E., took a key out his pocket and opened the door into a room. When I went in Annie was there. He told her I had paid $5.00 and for her to do business with me. He then went out and I had intercourse with her. When I got dressed and went out he was waiting for me. I was there 3 times and always the same conditions and I always paid him.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 194 File 1914/211 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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