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Chicago's Black Traffic in White Girls by Jean Turner-Zimmermann

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Chicago's Black Traffic in White Girls

An article on the Great "White Slave" Question

ILLUSTRATED

By Mrs. Jean Turner Zimmermann, M. D.

[Illustration: JEAN TURNER ZIMMERMANN, M. D.]

CHICAGO'S BLACK TRAFFIC IN WHITE GIRLS

By MRS. JEAN TURNER ZIMMERMANN, M. D.

President of the CHICAGO RESCUE MISSION and WOMAN'S SHELTER

AND

Superintendent of The DEPARTMENT OF PURITY AND HEREDITY of the COOK COUNTY W. C. T. U.

733 Washington Boulevard, CHICAGO

[Illustration: REV. R. IRA STONE

Superintendent of the Chicago Rescue Mission ]

Foreword

My sole aim in bringing this little pamphlet to you is to definitely call the attention of the men and women of the Central Western States, and especially those of the City of Chicago into whose hands it may come, to the vicious, thoroughly organized white slave traffic of to day, and its attendant, far reaching, horrible results upon the young man and womanhood of our Land.

During a constant residence covering seven years of time in the central slum districts of the West and South Sides of Chicago, I have gained much actual knowledge of the questions of poverty, drink and prostitution among the lost men and women of these great neighborhoods, have become personally acquainted with very many of them, visiting them, listening to their heart stories and growing to know much of their inside lives, and have learned a real tender interest and pity for them in their remorseful, helpless, hopeless condition.

All incidents, references and statistics (as far as possible) herein given are strictly authentic, and have been collected with great care and fairness either by myself or my assistants.

Statistical references have been taken from the writings of United States Attorney Sims, Rev. Ernest A. Bell and others engaged in prosecuting and reform work, all of whom I thank sincerely and wish well in what they are accomplishing for good where it is so desperately needed in this submerged underworld of our city.

So in bringing this eighth edition of CHICAGO'S BLACK TRAFFIC IN WHITE GIRLS to you, a part of which has already been published under the title of CHICAGO'S SOUL MARKET, it is the aim of the writer to give more thought and time to real, existing conditions descriptions and actual facts relative to public prostitution and its attendant frightful results, rather than to such matter as incidents, "cases," etc., knowledge of which can usually be acquired by simply reading the daily press of Chicago or New York. All descriptions, statistics and photographs are taken by the author from actual contact with the great underworld and quoted with names, dates, etc., of those concerned and are absolutely authentic.

We, together with thousands of others editors, legislators, club women, ministers and everybody else who has the welfare of the girlhood of our Land at heart, believe that the time for prudery and concealment is past and that honest men and women should know what there is to know about this thoroughly organized, solidly financed system of White Slavery flourishing and growing in America to day a system which controls and ruins hundreds of thousands of women in our midst every year and which requires a constant sacrifice of more than sixty thousand young girls annually to feed its death and disease dealing machinery.

Most people think of harlotry or prostitution as something secret something to be kept from the public eye, something to be ashamed of. Not so to the great throng of Chicago whore mongers. Everything that can be done to attract attention and custom is done by the five thousand men and hundreds of hideous, brutish madams who in this city exploit the bodies and live off the earnings of thirty thousand public women in our midst. The twenty seven hundred (quoting from a statement of Chief of Police Stewart) houses of ill fame here are conducted with as much publicity and advertising as the grocery or meat market nearby... Continue reading book >>




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