One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1910 making it a federal offence to transport or induce a woman or minor across interstate boundaries for criminal sexual activity (specifically prostitution).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From the name of James R. Mann, U.S. Congressman, who introduced the legislation + act.
Mann Act/ˈman akt/
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