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Chicago's Black Traffic in White Girls

An article on the Great 'White Slave' Question

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Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,467 / 49 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.3
LoC Category: HV
Downloads: 1,444
Added to site: 2010.03.13
mnybks.net#: 26982
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ive most of their earnings, or else they are under the domination of keepers of houses, a condition that is practically the same.

It is the business of the man who controls the women to provide police protection, either by bribing the police not to arrest her, or, in case of arrest, to secure bail, pay the fine, etc., to make all business arrangements, to decide what streets, restaurants, dance-halls, saloons and similar places she shall frequent.

There are large numbers of Jews scattered throughout the United States, although mainly located in New York and Chicago, who seduce and keep girls. Some of them are engaged in importation, but apparently they prey rather upon young girls whom they find on the street, in the dance-halls, and similar places, and who, by the methods already indicated--love-making and pretense of marriage--they deceive and ruin. Many of them are petty thieves, pickpockets and gamblers. They also have various resorts where they meet and receive their mail, and transact busi

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2010.05.12
C. Alan Loewen
****.

There is no denial that the focus of Turner-Zimmerman's report on girls and young women forced into prostitution in Chicago is racist and prejudicial, but if the reader can overcome the bias to read the underlying story, the horror of forced prostitution is clearly communicated.

That the lost souls whose stories are told in these pages have been dead for over a century makes one sad.

That in spite of the author's best efforts, the forced prostitution of girls and women is still taking place in our "civilized" 21st century is even more horrific.


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