Transportation of Minors (18 U.S.C. § 2423)
Section 2423(a) of Title 18 prohibits anyone from transporting any
individual under the age of 18 years in interstate or foreign commerce with
intent that the minor engage in prostitution or any criminal sexual
It imposes a maximum 15 years' imprisonment and/or a fine under Title 18.|
Section 2423(b) prohibits anyone from traveling, or conspiring to
so, in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in any
act, as defined in Section 2246, with a person under 18 that would be a
of chapter 109A if the sexual act occurred in the special maritime and
territorial jurisdiction of the United States. The penalty under this
is imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years and/or a fine.
Note that Section 2423(b) has been used in prosecutions for interstate
with the intent to have sex with minors, some of whom were contacted through
computer on-line services. Moreover, Section 2423(b) should be used for
international sex tourism cases as well.
[updated April 2000] [cited in USAM 9-75.300]