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in August 2014
195 Prosecutions
in Fiscal Year 2014
12 Convictions
in August 2014
176 Convictions
in Fiscal Year 2014

CITE

    18 USC Sec. 2422                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 117 - TRANSPORTATION FOR ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND RELATED
                   CRIMES

HEAD

    Sec. 2422. Coercion and enticement

STATUTE

      (a) Whoever knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any
    individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any
    Territory or Possession of the United States, to engage in
    prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be
    charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be
    fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or
    both.
      (b) Whoever, using the mail or any facility or means of
    interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and
    territorial jurisdiction of the United States knowingly persuades,
    induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained
    the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual
    activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal
    offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and
    imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 812; Pub. L. 99-628, Sec.
    5(b)(1), Nov. 7, 1986, 100 Stat. 3511; Pub. L. 100-690, title VII,
    Sec. 7070, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4405; Pub. L. 104-104, title V,
    Sec. 508, Feb. 8, 1996, 110 Stat. 137; Pub. L. 105-314, title I,
    Sec. 102, Oct. 30, 1998, 112 Stat. 2975; Pub. L. 108-21, title I,
    Sec. 103(a)(2)(A), (B), (b)(2)(A), Apr. 30, 2003, 117 Stat. 652,
    653; Pub. L. 109-248, title II, Sec. 203, July 27, 2006, 120 Stat.
    613.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 399 (June 25, 1910, ch.
    395, Sec. 3, 36 Stat. 825).
      Words "deemed guilty of a felony" were deleted as unnecessary in
    view of definition of felony in section 1 of this title. (See
    reviser's note under section 550 of this title.)
      Words "and on conviction thereof shall be" were deleted as
    surplusage since punishment cannot be imposed until a conviction is
    secured.
      The references to persons causing, procuring, aiding or assisting
    were omitted as unnecessary as such persons are made principals by
    section 2 of this title.
      Words "Possession of the United States" were inserted twice. (See
    reviser's note under section 2421 of this title.)
      Minor changes were made in phraseology.
                                AMENDMENTS
      2006 - Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 109-248 substituted "not less than 10
    years or for life" for "not less than 5 years and not more than 30
    years".
      2003 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108-21, Sec. 103(a)(2)(A),
    substituted "20 years" for "10 years".
      Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 108-21, Sec. 103(a)(2)(B), (b)(2)(A),
    substituted "and imprisoned not less than 5 years and" for ",
    imprisoned" and "30 years" for "15 years, or both".
      1998 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 105-314, Sec. 102(1), inserted "or
    attempts to do so," before "shall be fined" and substituted "10
    years" for "five years".
      Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 105-314, Sec. 102(2), added subsec. (b) and
    struck out former subsec. (b) which read as follows: "Whoever,
    using any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce,
    including the mail, or within the special maritime and territorial
    jurisdiction of the United States, knowingly persuades, induces,
    entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of
    18 years to engage in prostitution or any sexual act for which any
    person may be criminally prosecuted, or attempts to do so, shall be
    fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or
    both."
      1996 - Pub. L. 104-104 designated existing provisions as subsec.
    (a) and added subsec. (b).
      1988 - Pub. L. 100-690 substituted "or" for "of" before "foreign
    commerce".
      1986 - Pub. L. 99-628 substituted "and enticement" for "or
    enticement of female" in section catchline and amended text
    generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "Whoever
    knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any woman or girl
    to go from one place to another in interstate or foreign commerce,
    or in the District of Columbia or in any Territory or Possession of
    the United States, for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery,
    or for any other immoral purpose, or with the intent and purpose on
    the part of such person that such woman or girl shall engage in the
    practice of prostitution or debauchery, or any other immoral
    practice, whether with or without her consent, and thereby
    knowingly causes such woman or girl to go and to be carried or
    transported as a passenger upon the line or route of any common
    carrier or carriers in interstate or foreign commerce, or in the
    District of Columbia or in any Territory or Possession of the
    United States, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned
    not more than five years, or both."
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