DEBAUCHERY

Definition of DEBAUCHERY in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DEBAUCHERY

In general, excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; in a narrower sense, sexual immorality or excesses, or the unlawful indulgence of lust. Suslak v. United States, C.C.A. Mont., 213 F. 913, 917; Gillette v. United States, C.C.A.N.D., 236 F. 215, 217.

In the White Slave Act, Act June 25, 1910, c. 395, 36 Stat. 825, 18 U.S.C.A. § 2421 et seq., making it an offense to procure the interstate transportation of a girl for the purpose of prostitution and debauchery, "debauchery" is not limited to the meaning of seduction, but includes a purpose to expose her to such influence as will naturally and inevitably so corrupt her character as to lead her to acts of sexual immorality, or, if she is already a sexually corrupt woman, a purpose that she shall engage or continue more or less habitually in sexually immoral practices. Van Pelt v. United States, C.C.A.Va., 240 F. 346, 348, L.R. A.1917E, 1135.

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