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oci; iae for:investigators operating in civilian clothes be
completely separate from military police headquarters. Rec-
ords anid files of criminal investigation personnel are kept
separate from other military police records. (See fig. 22.)
b. Investigations are usually initiated by military police
patrols. The desk sergeant gathers all available information
on the case and turns it over to the provost marshal or duty
officer, who determines whether an investigation should be
made by criminal investigators. Routine investigations of
minor offenses should be conducted by military police;
criminal investigators should be employed for the investi-
gation of serious offenses.
c. For the technique of conducting criminal investiga-
tions, including interviews, interrogation, undercover work,
gathering and preserving evidence, and report writing, see
TM 19-215 (when published).
59. CONTROL OF PROSTITUTION. a. General.
(1) In United States and possessions. Within the various
States and the possessions of the United States, prostitution
is illegal. Acting under its powers to regulate interstate
commerce, the Federal government has enacted the "Mann
Act," forbidding the transportation of women across state
boundaries for immoral purposes. In addition, a Federal
lahw, known as Public Law Number 163 (the "May Act"),
prohibits prostitution within a reasonable distance of mili-
tary or naval establishments as determined by the Secretary
of War or Navy. The "May Act" does not become opera-
tive except upon publication of general orders or a bulletin
by the Secretary of War or Navy invoking the Act and es-
tablishing the area affected.
( Inrlni theater of operations. Many foreign countries
attempt itb control prostitution by means of identification,
se 'regation and' medical inspection of prostitutes, rather
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