Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885

Procuring defilement of woman by threats or fraud or administering drugs.

25 & 26 Vict. c. 18.

3. Any person who—

(1.) By threats or intimidation procures or attempts to procure any woman or girl to have any unlawful carnal connexion either within or without the Queen’s dominions; or

(2.) By false pretences or false representations procures any woman or girl, not being a common prostitute or of known immoral character, to have any unlawful carnal connexion, either within or without the Queen’s dominions; or

(3.) Applies, administers to, or causes to be taken by any woman or girl any drug, matter, or thing, with intent to stupefy or overpower so as thereby to enable any person to have unlawful carnal connexion with such woman or girl,

shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.

Provided that no person shall be convicted of an offence under this section upon the evidence of one witness only, unless such witness be corroborated in some material particular by evidence implicating the accused.