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[TIMELINE] 1912: Chinese Slave Girl Plot

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  • madchinaman
    Chinese Slave Girl Plot Foiled San Francisco Chronicle Sunday, November 27, 1912 http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist10/chingirls.html - Moon and the girls, who gave
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2005
      Chinese Slave Girl Plot Foiled
      San Francisco Chronicle
      Sunday, November 27, 1912
      http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist10/chingirls.html


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      Moon and the girls, who gave the names Tai Moy, Ah Moy, Tai Yow and
      Ah Yen, were taken to the immigration station at Angel Island. Moon
      will be charged in the United States Court this morning with
      violations of the immigration laws.

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      Integrity of Custom Guard Deasy Nips Smuggling Plot
      With the capture late Monday night of Leong Moon, interpreter on the
      Japanese liner Nippon Maru, and four chinese girls, the immigration
      authorities are confronted with one of the most brazen attempts at
      smuggling and bribery they have ever had to deal with.

      From admissions made by the girls the Federal investigators believe
      they were able to expose a ring for the smuggling of Chinese woman
      and coolies into this country as extensive as the opium conspiracies
      with which the customs authorities have been confronted recently.

      When questioned by the officials the girls said they had been
      drugged at Hongkong and lured aboard the ship. They were placed in a
      compartment in the coal bunkers, and during the long voyage across
      the Pacific food was lowered to them. They suffered greatly, having
      only a small quantity of rice to eat and the exposure also told on
      them.

      It is apparent that the girls are still withholding information
      which may involve those in the plot, but the investigators believe
      that they will speak more freely when they find they are not to be
      harmed. Promises of rich husbands and an easy life here are still
      sealing the lips of the girls, in the opinion of those in charge of
      the investigation.

      PLANS WENT WRONG.

      The very assurance with which Leong Moon walked ashore from the
      Nippon [Maru] accompanied by the Chinese girls, who were disguised
      as men, leads the officials to believe that "the way had been
      greased," and that the only reason why the "Celestial slaves" are
      not now occupying dens in Chinatown is because the arrangement of
      the smugglers miscarried.

      Cornered in his attempt to take the girls away from pier 34, where
      the Nippon Maru is lying, Leong Moon, who is an American born
      Chinese, attempted, it is alleged, to bribe Customs Guard W. H.
      Deasy with a sum more than equal to that which the official derives
      from the Government annually.

      Deasy was doing duty at the gangway of the Nippon when about 10
      o'clock he was surprised to see five Chinese come down under the arc
      lights. One he recognized as Moon, the interpreter; the other four
      were clad in long overcoats and wore soft hats pulled down over
      their faces.

      "What's this," demanded the customs guard.

      "That's all right, you know," said Moon confidently.

      Evidently Deasy was the wrong man, the authorities think, as Moon
      seemed nonplussed for the moment.

      "Take $250 and let my friends go," the interpreter is alleged to
      have said.

      According to Deasy, Moon raised the sum until he offered $1000 for
      the customs man to keep his eyes and mouth closed.

      Deasy reported his surprising discovery to Deputy Surveyor of the
      Port Charles A. Stephens, who ordered him to place the Chinese in
      custody on the Nippon over night.

      GIRLS BECOME HYSTERICAL.

      Yesterday morning Moon and the girls were taken to the office of
      Deputy Surveyor Stephens. The girls, who are between 18 and 19 years
      of age, became hystical, believing that they were to be executed or
      meet with some dire fate in their strange surroundings. It was also
      evident that they were exhausted from lack of sleep and want of
      food. Confronted by Deasy Moon sullenly refuted all the guard's
      charges, denying that he had ever seen him, that he had offered a
      bribe, or that he knew anything about the girls.

      Moon and the girls, who gave the names Tai Moy, Ah Moy, Tai Yow and
      Ah Yen, were taken to the immigration station at Angel Island. Moon
      will be charged in the United States Court this morning with
      violations of the immigration laws.

      Deasy, whose integrity was responsible for the nipping of the plot,
      was highly commended by Surveyor of the Port Duncan McKinlay.

      W.H. Avery, assistant general manager of the Toyo Kisen Kaisha, is
      also conducting an investigation into smuggling conspiracy to
      ascertain who among the crew of the vessel were responsible for the
      girls being aboard and their maintenance.
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