Rum-Running Law and Legal Definition

Rum-running is the business of smuggling or transporting alcoholic beverages illegally. It is usually done to circumvent taxation or prohibition. The term usually applies to transport of goods over water. Trasporting such goods over land is commonly referred to as bootlegging. Rum-running began in the U.S. with the 18th amendment and women have been equally involved in smuggling and transporting alcoholic beverages illegally.