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Commercialized Prostitution in New York City

Publications of the Bureau of Social Hygiene

Commercialized Prostitution in New York City

BY GEORGE J. KNEELAND

With a supplementary chapter by KATHARINE BEMENT DAVIS Superintendent of the New York State Reformatory for Women

INTRODUCTION BY JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, JR. Chairman of the Bureau of Social Hygiene

NEW YORK THE CENTURY CO. 1913

Copyright, 1913, by THE CENTURY CO.

Published, May, 1913

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

INTRODUCTION vii

I. VICE RESORTS IN NEW YORK CITY: (a) PARLOR HOUSES 3

II. VICE RESORTS: (b) TENEMENT HOUSES, HOTELS, FURNISHED ROOMS, MASSAGE PARLORS 24

III. PLACES WHICH CATER TO VICE 52

IV. THE EXPLOITERS 77

V. PROSTITUTE AND CUSTOMER 100

VI. THE BUSINESS OF PROSTITUTION; ITS COST 112

VII. PROSTITUTION, THE POLICE, AND THE LAW 137

VIII. A STUDY OF PROSTITUTES COMMITTED FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE STATE REFORMATORY FOR WOMEN AT BEDFORD HILLS 163

STATISTICAL TABLES ACCOMPANYING CHAPTER VIII 197

IX. PREVENTATIVE, REFORMATIVE AND CORRECTIONAL AGENCIES IN NEW YORK CITY 253

APPENDICES 275

INDEX 333

INTRODUCTION

In presenting to the public this volume, the first of four studies dealing with various aspects of the problem of prostitution, it seems fitting to make a statement with reference to the origin, work and plans of the Bureau of Social Hygiene.

The Bureau came into existence about two years ago, as a result of the work of the Special Grand jury which investigated the white slave traffic in New York City during the first half of the year 1910. One of the recommendations made by the jury in the presentment handed up at the termination of its labors was that a public commission be appointed to study the social evil. The foreman of the jury subsequently gave careful consideration to the character of the work which might properly be done by such a commission and the limitations under which it would operate. In this connection, separate personal conferences were held with over a hundred leading men and women in the city, among whom were lawyers, physicians, business men, bank presidents, presidents of commercial organizations, clergymen, settlement workers, social workers, labor leaders and reformers. These conferences led to the conclusion that a public commission would labor under a number of disadvantages, such as the fact that it would be short lived; that its work would be done publicly; that at best it could hardly do more than present recommendations. It was also believed that the main reason why more results of a permanent character had not been obtained by the various organizations which had dealt with the subject of the social evil during the past ten or fifteen years was that most of these organizations were temporary. While active, they materially improved the situation, but as their efforts relaxed, there came the inevitable return to much the same conditions as before. The forces of evil are never greatly alarmed at the organization of investigating or reform bodies, for they know that these are generally composed of busy people, who cannot turn aside from their own affairs for any great length of time to carry on reforms, and that sooner or later their efforts will cease and the patient denizens of the underworld and their exploiters can then reappear and continue as before... Continue reading book >>




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