Hoke v. United States

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Hoke v. United States
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Argued January 7–8, 1913
Decided February 24, 1913
Full case name Effie Hoke and Basile Economides, Plaintiffs in Error, v. United States
Citations 227 U.S. 308 (more)
Holding
Though Congress could not regulate prostitution per se—as that was strictly the province of the states—it could regulate interstate travel for purposes of prostitution or “immoral purposes.”
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Majority McKenna

Hoke v. United States, 227 U.S. 308 (1913), was a decision by the United States Supreme Court, which held that the United States Congress could not regulate prostitution per se, as that was strictly the province of the states. Congress could, however, regulate interstate travel for purposes of prostitution or “immoral purposes.” It upheld the Mann Act.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Keire, Mara L. (2001). "The Vice Trust: A Reinterpretation of the White Slavery Scare in the United States, 1907-1917". Journal of Social History. Journal of Social History, Vol. 35, No. 1. 35 (1): 5–41. doi:10.1353/jsh.2001.0089. JSTOR 3789262.