Prostitution

The People of the State of New York v. Maria Garcia, 28 October 1913 (Case 1771)
The People v. Belle Moore, 18 May 1910 (Case 1169)
Belle Moore, an African-American woman in her early thirties, is charged under Section 2460 of the Penal Code with “procuring women for immoral purposes”. The maximum punishment is imprisonment for five years and a fine of one thousand dollars. George A. Miller, a special investigator for the District Attorney’s office, testifies that he paid the defendant $150 for two girls, both younger than eighteen, to travel to Seattle to work in a brothel. The defense argues that Miller entrapped the defendant into violating the law. The jury renders a verdict of guilty. The judge sentences the defendant to not less than thirty months and not more than five years in prison.
The People of the State of New York v. Morris Goldberg, 08 September 1915 (Case 2098)
Morris Goldberg, 37, is indicted for knowingly accepting the earnings of a woman engaged in prostitution. May Harris and Fay Smith testify that they worked as prostitutes out of Sam Vigretti’s saloon on Second Avenue and 97th Street. May Harris claims that Goldberg compelled her to give him her earnings; Goldberg denies that he ever knew she was a prostitute. It is a hung jury.