Mann Act

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The Mann Act prohibits the transportation of women across state lines for immoral purposes. It is meant to cut down on prostitution. It is opposed by feminists.[1][2]

... the federal law referred to as the Mann Act, after James Robert Mann, a longtime Congressman from Illinois. It was passed in 1910, and its official name is the United States White-Slave Traffic Act. [3]

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  1. In theory, Ginsburg appeared to demand a doctrinaire equality, opposing the Mann Act because it "was meant to protect weak women from bad men," which she believed was demeaning to women. [1]
  2. Broadly categorizing all prostitutes as trafficking victims means that police will go looking for victims who look and act like “victims,” allowing for even less focus on prostitutes who really have been abused in some way, but who have made the decision to enter into sex work . . . [2]