Presidential Proclamation of 
International Agreement for the Suppression of White Slavery June 15, 1908

U.S. Executive Office of the President

Agreement between the United States and other Powers for the repression of the trade in white women. Signed at Paris, May 18, 1904; ratification advised by the Senate, March 1, 1905; adhered to by the President, June 6, 1908; proclaimed, June 15, 1908


Whereas a project of arrangement for the suppression of the white slave traffic was, on July 25, 1902, adopted for submission to their respective Governments by the delegates of various Powers represented at the Paris Conference for the repression of the trade in white women;

And whereas, in pursuance Of Article VII of the said project of arrangement, the Government of the United States was, on August 18, 1902, invited by the Government of the French Republic to adhere thereto;

And whereas the Senate of the United States, by its Resolution of March 1, 1905 (two-thirds of the Senators present concurring therein), did advise and consent to the adhesion by the United States to the said project of arrangement:

And whereas the stipulations of the said project of arrangement were, word for word, and without change, confirmed by a formal agreement, signed at Paris on May 18, 1901, by the Governments of Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and the Swiss Federal Council, a true copy of which agreement, in the French language, is hereto attached;

And whereas the ratifications by the said Governments of the said agreement have been duly deposited with the Government of the French Republic ; and the said agreement has been adhered to by the Governments of Austria-Hungary and Brazil ;

And whereas the President of the United States of America, in pursuance of the aforesaid advice and consent of the Senate, did, on the 6th day of June, 1908, declare that the United States adheres to the said agreement in confirmation of the said project of arrangement:

Now, therefore, be it known, That I, Theodore Roosevelt., President of the United States of America, have caused the said agreement to be made public, to the end that the same, and every article and clause thereof, may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to he affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this 15th day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eight, and of  the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and thirty-second.

Theodore Roosevelt.

By the President:
Acting Secretary of State.


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