shanghaiing sailors

shanghaiing sailors
/shaerjhay/ Practice of drugging, tricking, intoxicating or otherwise forcing persons to become sailors-usually to secure advance money or a premium. Under federal law, the offense of procuring or inducing, or attempting to do so, by force, or threats, or by representations which one knows or believes to be untrue, or while the person is intoxicated or under the influence of any drug, to go on board of any vessel, or agree to do so, to perform service or labor thereon, such vessel being engaged in interstate or foreign commerce, on the high seas or any navigable water of the United States, or knowingly to detain on board such vessel such person, so procured or induced, or knowingly aiding or abetting such things. 18 U.S.C.A. No. 2194

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