A house of ill-fame, kept for the resort and unlawful commerce of lewd people of both sexes.

Such a house is a common nuisance, as it endangers the public peace by drawing together dissolute and debauched persons; and tends to corrupt both sexes by an open profession of lewdness.

The keeper of such a house may be indicted for the nuisance; and a married woman, because such houses are generally kept by the female sex, may be indicted with her husband for keeping such a house. One who assists in establishing a bawdyhouse is guilty of a misdemeanor.