Monday, October 17, 2005

Vikings' Alleged Naughty Man Acts Could Subject Some to the Mann Act

[NOTE: Since this particular Vikingsboatorgygate post is not satire, the writer has chosen to utilize a more cautious style.]

Those of you who have been following the story about the alleged Lake Minnetonka boat excursion allegedly attended by a number of players of an alleged professional football team, probably already know that these players allegedly transported alleged strippers from other states for purposes of the alleged party. Members of the boats' crews alleged that they saw money allegedly being offered to the alleged strippers for alleged sex acts.

So if the alleged sex-for-money allegations prove to be true, we have your basic run-of-the-mill crime of prostitution that was committed, right?

Not so fast.

Enter the Mann Act - a federal statute codified as 18 USC 2421:

Whoever knowingly transports any individual in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United States, with intent that such individual 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 10 years, or both.

Of course, there will be the arguments over what constitutes "transportation" (i.e is paying airfare on a common carrier enough to satisfy that element, or does one need to charter a private jet for the sole purpose of getting the hoes where they need to be?); not to mention whether or not the ladies were hired merely to ply their stripping trade, only to have them expand their business into illegal realms as the night wore on.

Some alleged person or persons involved in the alleged boat party may be on the hook for an alleged 10 large in the federal pokey.


Via Bad Jocks.

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