In upholding the mann act the fbi reinforced sexually conservative views of the chaste woman and the respectable husband and father it built its national power and prestige by expanding its legal authority to police americans sexuality and by marginalizing the very women it was charged to protect. Jessica pliley links the crusade against sex trafficking to the fbis growth into a formidable law agency that cooperated with states and municipalities in purs. Prostitution and rescue prostitutes p 11 and anti immigration activists was so extensive in the early history of the mann act only in the final two chapters does pliley turn to the topics most contemporary. Berkeley journal of gender law justice volume 31 issue 2 article 5 2016 book review policing sexuality the mann act and the making of the fbi. America s first anti sex trafficking law the 1910 mann act made it illegal to transport women over state lines for prostitution or any other immoral purpose
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