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Title: Commercialized Prostitution in New York City
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Commercialized Prostitution in New York City

  Publications of the Bureau of Social Hygiene

  Commercialized Prostitution in New York City


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

  Chairman of the Bureau of Social Hygiene


  Copyright, 1913, by THE CENTURY CO.

  _Published, May, 1913_


  CHAPTER                                                             PAGE

  INTRODUCTION                                                         vii

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

        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



        YORK CITY                                                      253

  APPENDICES                                                           275

  INDEX                                                                333


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.

So the conviction grew that in order to make a real and lasting
improvement in conditions, a permanent organization should be created, the
existence of which would not be dependent upon a temporary wave of reform
nor upon the life of any man or group of men, but which would go on,
generation after generation, continuously making warfare against the
forces of evil. It also appeared that a private organization would have,
among other advantages, a certain freedom from publicity and from
political bias, which a publicly appointed commission could not easily

Therefore, as the initial step, the Bureau of Social Hygiene was formed in
the winter of 1911. Its present members are Miss Katharine Bement Davis,
Superintendent of the New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford
Hills, New York; Paul M. Warburg, of the firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Company;
Starr J. Murphy, of the New York Bar; and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. As the
work develops, new members may be added.

One of the first things undertaken by the Bureau was the establishment at
Bedford Hills, adjacent to the Reformatory, of a Laboratory of Social
Hygiene, under Miss Davis's direction. In this laboratory, it is proposed
to study from the physical, mental, social and moral sides each person
committed to the Reformatory. This study will be carried on by experts and
every case will be kept under observation for from three weeks to three
months, as may be required. When the diagnosis is completed, it is hoped
that the laboratory will be in position to suggest the treatment most
likely to reform the individual, or, if reformation is impossible, to
recommend permanent custodial care. Furthermore, reaching out beyond the
individuals involved, it is believed that important contributions may be
made to our knowledge of the conditions ultimately responsible for vice,
and that the methods worked out may prove applicable to all classes of
criminals, thus leading to lines of action not only more scientific and
humane but also less wasteful than those at present followed.

In entering upon its labors, the Bureau regarded it of fundamental
importance to make a careful study of the social evil in this country and
in Europe. This problem, like any other great and difficult one, can be
approached only through an understanding of the various factors
involved--physical, moral, social and economic--and of the experience of
other cities and countries in dealing with it. Arrangements were
therefore made in January, 1912, to secure the services of Mr. George J.
Kneeland, who had directed the Chicago Vice Commission investigation.
Since that time Mr. Kneeland, with a corps of assistants, has been making
a thorough and comprehensive survey of the conditions of vice in New York
City, the findings of which are here presented.

The purpose of this volume is to set forth as accurately and fully as
possible the conditions of vice as they existed in New York City during
the year 1912. It should be clearly understood that the data upon which it
is based are not presented as legal evidence, but as reliable information
secured by careful and experienced investigators, whose work was
systematically corroborated.

In presenting the facts contained in this report, the Bureau has no
thought of criticizing any department or official of the city
administration. The task which the Bureau set itself was that of preparing
a dispassionate, objective account of things as they were during the
period above mentioned, the forms which commercialized vice had assumed,
the methods by which it was carried on, the whole network of relations
which had been elaborated below the surface of society. The studies
involved were made in a spirit of scientific inquiry, and it is the hope
of the Bureau that all departments or officials whose work this book in
any way touches may find the information therein contained helpful to them
in the further direction and organization of their work.

The Bureau also secured the services of Mr. Abraham Flexner, whose reports
on the medical schools in this country and in Europe are well known, to
study the social evil and the various methods of dealing with it in the
leading cities of Europe. Mr. Flexner spent the greater part of a year
abroad, making a searching and exhaustive inquiry into the subject, and is
now working on his report, entitled "Prostitution in Europe," which will
be the second volume of the series, to be published in the fall.

The third volume will deal with European police systems. Mr. Raymond B.
Fosdick, a member of the staff of the Bureau and former Commissioner of
Accounts of New York City, went to Europe in January for the purpose of
making this study and is enjoying unusual facilities in the prosecution of
his inquiry. The police are necessarily so important an instrument in
dealing with prostitution that the success of whatever plan is adopted
will depend largely on their organization and efficiency. No adequate
descriptive and critical account of the British and Continental police
systems exists. Much has been published from time to time, but there does
not appear to have been any exhaustive study for the purpose of
ascertaining the points of excellence, as well as the defects, of the
European police and the lessons deducible from their experience. The
police problems of the great European cities closely resemble our own;
their police organizations have successfully worked through a period of
storm and stress such as we are now passing through. Whatever differences
may ultimately have to be taken into account, the experience of London,
Berlin, and of other cities will, when fully reported, be rich in
suggestions that will abbreviate our own period of experimentation.

The fourth volume will be based upon studies made in those cities in the
United States where different conditions exist or where special methods of
dealing with the social evil have been introduced.

In conclusion, it should be stated that the spirit which dominates the
work of the Bureau is not sensational or hysterical; that it is not a
spirit critical of public officials; but that it is essentially a spirit
of constructive suggestion and of deep scientific as well as humane
interest in a great world problem.


  New York, May 1, 1913
    Bureau of Social Hygiene
      P. O. Box 579, New York City




The actual business of prostitution in New York City is conducted in
buildings which are designated in this report as vice resorts. These
resorts are of several kinds. Most prominent are the so-called parlor
house or brothel, the tenement house apartment, the furnished room house,
the disorderly hotel, and the massage parlor. The present chapter deals
only with the first named.

A parlor house or brothel is a building used exclusively for the business
of prostitution. It derives its name from the fact that its inmates gather
in the parlor to receive their guests. There is, however, an exception to
the definition, inasmuch as some parlor houses in New York City are
situated on the upper floors of buildings, the ground floors of which are
used for legitimate business enterprises.

During the period of this investigation, extending from January 24, 1912,
to November 15, 1912,[2] 142 parlor houses were visited in Manhattan.
Though this number does not include all the places of this character in
Manhattan, it may be said to approximate the total. It is improbable that
many were overlooked. Every one of the establishments investigated was
visited two or more times on different dates by different individuals who
have made affidavits as to their findings; and the findings of different
investigators working in ignorance of one another have been carefully
compared. The date and hour of the observation are given in connection
with each report.

Of the 142 parlor houses thus investigated, 20 are known to the trade as
fifty-cent houses; 80 as one-dollar houses; 6 as two-dollar houses; and 34
as five- and ten-dollar houses. The prices charged in the remaining two
houses are unknown.

The majority of these houses are situated in the business section of
Manhattan, namely, on Sixth and Seventh Avenues from West 23rd to West
42nd Streets, and in residential sections on side streets from West 15th
to West 54th Streets between Fifth and Eighth Avenues. A few of them are
located on the East Side on residential streets east of Third Avenue, and
on Second Avenue. A still smaller number were discovered on the extreme
East Side near the river and below East 14th Street. Not a few of these
houses are found in the vicinity of public schools, churches, and hotels;
others occupy the upper floors over lunch rooms, jewelry shops, clothing
stores, fur shops, and other business enterprises.

Private houses used exclusively for prostitution are usually three or four
stories high; those of the cheaper type are in a dilapidated and
unsanitary condition. For instance, the fifty-cent houses on the lower
East Side are described as being practically unfit for human habitation.
The rooms are dirty, the loose and creaking floors are covered with
matting which is gradually rotting away, the ceilings are low, the windows
small, the air heavy and filled with foul odors. The sanitary conditions
in the majority of the one-dollar houses on the West Side streets between
Sixth and Seventh Avenues are hardly less objectionable. No attempt is
made to keep the houses clean. The floors are rotten and filthy; they sag
as one walks across them. The small bedrooms are damp and unventilated;
the atmosphere is heavy with odors of tobacco and perfumes, mingled with
the fumes of medicine and cheap disinfectants.

Every step in the process of arranging for and conducting an establishment
of this character is taken in the most businesslike fashion. Every detail
is arranged in a cold, calculating spirit. It is first necessary to secure
the consent of the owner or agent to use the property for the desired
purpose. Negotiations may be conducted by the prospective keeper himself
or through a go-between who is paid a bonus for securing a suitable
building. In the majority of cases regular leases are drawn up and signed
for stated periods. Usually two or more individuals enter into a regular
partnership agreement to conduct parlor houses. In the course of this
investigation interesting data were obtained respecting the purchase,
sale, and value of these shares,[3] which constantly fluctuate in value.
Important factors in determining their value at a particular time are
public opinion and the attitude of the city authorities toward vice. If
the law is rigidly enforced and frequent arrests are made, the shares
depreciate and there is a scramble among the partners to dispose of their
holdings. If the business is fairly undisturbed, the shares increase in
value and can hardly be purchased.

The house once secured and the owners being ready to begin business, a
madame or housekeeper is hired by the month or on a percentage basis to
take personal charge of the enterprise. She is usually a former prostitute
who has outlived her usefulness in that capacity. To her the owners look
for results. Every day she reports to them when they call to "make up" the
books after business is over--generally during the early morning hours.[4]

Servants are employed to aid the madame: one or more cooks, according to
the number of inmates boarding in the house; and maids, usually colored
girls, who look after the rooms, tend the door, and aid in the sale of
liquor to the customers during business hours. A porter is employed to
care for the house and run errands, a "lighthouse," to stand on the street
for the purpose of procuring "trade" and to give warning.

The prosperity of the business depends in the main upon the quality of the
inmates. If they are young and attractive, and, as one madame was heard
to say in another city, "especially womanly," success is assured. Thus the
value of the manager depends in the first place on her ability to secure
and hold the "right sort" of inmate. The girls must be contented; they
must be stimulated to please; quarrels must be avoided, jealousies nipped
in the bud. In the art of management, the madame must exercise all her
ingenuity. If a girl is a good "money maker" the madame attaches her to
herself in every possible way. Some of these unfortunate inmates become
"house girls," remaining year after year, the unsuspecting victims of the
madame's blandishments and exploitation.

Certain of the women are well known as "stars." Their reputation follows
them wherever they go and madames vie with each other in securing them for
their particular houses, in much the same way as a business firm is
constantly looking for clever salesmen who have a reputation and a record
for increasing business. The author has in mind a particular woman[5]
whose customers follow her wherever she goes. There are in this business
many such "stars" or "big money makers," looked upon with envy by their
less attractive and less prominent rivals. The secret of their popularity
lies frequently in the perverse practices to which they resort.

The manner of carrying on the business has been somewhat modified in
recent years. Formerly, the madame gave the girl a brass check for each
customer. After business hours she cashed in her checks, receiving her
share of the proceeds, usually fifty cents on the dollar. Nowadays,
madames or housekeepers have a punch similar to those used by railroad
conductors. When a customer is secured, the inmate hands the madame a
square piece of cardboard, in which she punches a hole. Among the exhibits
obtained during this investigation is a series of sixteen such cards with
the names of sixteen inmates written upon them. They are literally filled
with holes, all representing the business done on July 9, 1912, in a
notorious one-dollar house on West 28th Street. The largest number of
holes punched on a single card that day was thirty.[6]

The madames are alive to the importance of assuring their customers that
every precaution is taken to guard the health of their inmates. Hence, in
practically all the houses here referred to the investigators were assured
that the girls have in their possession medical certificates signed by
physicians, certifying that the bearer has been examined and is free from
venereal disease.[7]

In many houses the "doctor" is said to come every week; he makes a hasty
and superficial examination, for which he is paid one dollar, one-half of
which sum he turns over to the owner of the establishment. Of these
physicians, one, a member of the now notorious Independent Benevolent
Association--a group of men individually interested either directly or
indirectly in the business of prostitution in New York City--has a large
practice among the inmates of the cheaper type of house. At times,
physicians who make a specialty of this branch are also active in the
local politics of their respective districts: these men are in demand, for
the keepers hope thus to "stand in" with those "higher up." On April 27,
1912, for example, the proprietor[8] of a house in West 36th Street[9]
related the fact that he had recently employed a physician[10] who was
being "mentioned" as the next leader in his assembly district. He tried to
induce another keeper[11] to take the same doctor[12] because of political
advantages to be gained thereby.

The medical certificates obtained under the circumstances described are,
of course, worthless. According to the best medical opinion the inmates
are all dangerous,--in many of them disease is in an acute stage. When
external indications develop, the women are sent to a hospital. One girl,
in such a condition as to be utterly useless in the house, was removed by
her cadet, who, covering up the signs of her disease, put her on the
street. An equally unconscionable and characteristic incident is the
following: A young traveling salesman was assured that an inmate was free
from disease and a medical certificate stating this fact was shown to him.
As a matter of fact, she was at that time under treatment by the very
physician who had given her the certificate. The visitor contracted
venereal disease. When he complained to the madame, she gave him a card of
introduction to the same doctor, in order that he too might receive

Since the general closing of parlor houses in 1907[13] it is a matter of
common complaint among owners that business is not what it was before. The
falling off is explained by an alleged increase of disorderly flats in
tenements and of massage parlors. An owner who conducted a house on West
24th Street before and after the cleaning up in 1907 declared that his
receipts, before that date $3,500 per week from 25 women, have gradually
declined until now they are about $2,000 per week. Another owner, in West
36th Street, gave the reason for this falling off: He had visited
disorderly flats and had there seen the men who had formerly been his
customers. "Why do the authorities bother us?" he remonstrated. "We are
locked within four walls. Nobody sees anything; nobody hears anything.
They pass tenement house laws. Why don't they raid the flats and let us

There is therefore a constant effort on the part of the keepers of parlor
houses to undermine the business done by women on the street, in flats,
and in massage parlors. They write anonymous letters to the Police
Commissioner and the Tenement House Department; they send men to the flats
to persuade their inmates to leave and enter the parlor houses on the
pretense that much more money can be earned thus; street walkers are
frightened away from the vicinity of these houses by threats of the
police. The madame of an establishment in West 28th Street drove away a
street walker who was soliciting men for a nearby tenement house by
telling her that she would make a complaint against her for using a
tenement for immoral purposes. There are cases on record where keepers
have had officers on the beat and plainclothes men arrest street walkers;
they have also been known to "beat up" girls loitering near their places.

If the getting and holding of attractive inmates is one important
qualification in a madame, getting and holding trade is its necessary
counterpart. Madames are selected who are known to be expert in soliciting
trade and "keeping it in the house." They gradually accumulate lists of
names and addresses of men and boys, keeping them up to date, and at
stated intervals they send announcements of change of address or a veiled
suggestion as to the "quality" of "goods" on display. One ingenious owner
has a very neat printed folder reading, "Kindly call at our old place of
business, as we have a Beautiful Spring Stock on view." Occasionally--as
in the accompanying circular--no object at all is alleged:

     "_Dear Sir_:--Kindly call at your earliest convenience at the below

        "Respectfully yours,
          "X 1. W. 36th Street."

This notice was sent to a long list of patrons--to sailors on board
certain war vessels, to business men, and to clerks.

Runners, lookouts, lighthouses, and watchboys--the names involve
overlapping duties--also figure largely in procuring trade. The chief
business of the lookout is to stand on the curb in front of the house or
near the door and warn the inmates who solicit at the windows, or the
madame in the house, when officers or suspicious-looking strangers
approach. He opens the doors of cabs and taxis and conducts prospective
customers to the entrance of the house. If a stranger appears to be
"green," the lookout urges him to visit the resort, at the same time
describing the inmates and the prices charged. One of his important duties
is to see that street walkers do not solicit in front of his employer's
house and "take the trade away." Together with the runner or lighthouse,
the lookout is supplied with cards advertising the house, which he gives
to men and boys in the street. He also goes wherever men and boys
congregate--to saloons, restaurants, entertainments, prize fights,
wrestling bouts, lobbies of theaters, hotels, and other public places, to
distribute cards and to drum up trade. For example, on March 7, 1912, a
runner, who was paid twelve dollars a week and tips for his services in
behalf of a "fashionable house" on West 46th Street, went to the
Sportsman's Show at Madison Square Garden to advertise his establishment.
On June 24, 1912, a runner for a house on West 25th Street stood on the
northwest corner of West 24th Street and Sixth Avenue, describing its
attractions to passersby. At the noon hour or at closing time he stands in
front of entrances to factories, department stores, and other places of
business to accost the workmen and distribute cards.

These young men are usually pimps or ex-pimps, former waiters in saloons
and restaurants, ex-prize fighters and wrestlers, gamblers, crooks, and
pickpockets who have lost their nerve.[14] They form a class by
themselves. They are the "down-and-outers" in the underworld, eager for
any job no matter how poor the wage. Some of them are well known and take
pride in their ability to "run in" a lot of customers. Saturday, July 15,
1912, one of them, Max by name, claimed that he had "hustled in"
sixty-five customers that day. When an argument arose between him and a
competitor as to who had been more successful, the latter produced a slip
on which his business was recorded: for June 15, 16, 17 and 18 it showed
$142, $117, $68, and $97, respectively.

Chauffeurs and cabmen also do a thriving business in soliciting customers
for vice resorts,--a service for which they receive an ample commission.
Standing at street corners or in front of hotels and restaurants, they
urge men in low tones to go to houses or to "ladies' clubs," as they are
sometimes called. "I know some good houses," "I'll take you to see the
girls," "I know where there are a lot of chickens," are among the familiar
expressions employed. In occasional instances, customers can gain access
only if escorted to the door by the cabman, who tells the maid that the
man he has brought is "all right."[15] "Louie," one of the most
aggressive of these solicitors, is married to a woman[16] who herself
conducts an assignation house: she has recently served thirty days in jail
for participation in the robbery of a guest.

Finally, bartenders and waiters in disorderly saloons often act as agents
for the procuring of customers: indeed, they are not seldom the pimps of
the women for whom they act. Customers entering the saloon to drink are
directed to the tables where their women sit or receive the business cards
of the houses where their women are to be found.[17] Out-of-town visitors
are not infrequently "steered" by hotel porters and clerks.

With the exception of the relatively small number of "exclusive
establishments" already alluded to, the resorts here dealt with--something
approaching one hundred and forty of them--were at the period of this
investigation notorious and accessible. The advertising devices above
described were openly employed; and visitors procured easy entrance at
most places. External order is, however, usually preserved. Madames and
inmate rarely and then very cautiously solicit trade from windows, doors,
or stoops of their houses, as they did in former years. They do, however,
practise this method to some extent at the present time, especially in
connection with some of the one-dollar houses on the side streets between
Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

The sale of wine and beer plays an important part in the prosperity of the
parlor house. Deprived of this adjunct, business falls off to an alarming
extent. There is no difference of opinion among owners and madames as to
the importance of the sale of intoxicating liquors. Especially is this
true in the five-, ten-, and twenty-dollar houses, frequented by a more
pretentious type of customer. In such places a small bottle of wine is
sold for five dollars. A "round of drinks," namely, a pint of beer served
in very small glasses, brings two dollars. Very little wine or beer is
sold in the one- or two-dollar parlor houses in New York City at the
present time.

In the more exclusive parlor houses "circuses" or "shows" are also given
by way of stimulating business. These exhibitions are too vulgar and
degrading to be described. Suffice it to say that men have been known to
spend fifty and seventy-five dollars for such exhibitions. So also,
obscene books, photographs, etc., are sold or exhibited.

One more fact must be emphasized in connection with business management:
alcohol is needed to keep the inmates to their task; but even more
essential from the business standpoint are drugs. The girl must be kept
gay and attractive; her eyes must look out upon the world of business
bright and unfaltering. She must smile and laugh and sing and dance, or
she becomes a "has been," a "poor money maker," and so in danger of
losing her "job." Is it any wonder that she becomes a drug fiend as well
as a drunkard?

In the preceding account I have aimed to give certain general
characteristics of the parlor house. By way of making the picture somewhat
more vivid I shall briefly describe a few houses of each of the three
types with which the account deals, namely, the fifty-cent house, the
dollar house, the five-and ten-dollar house.

A well known place in Worth Street[18] is a fair sample of the cheapest
establishment,--a frame building, four stories in height. The investigator
who entered at 4.30 P. M., April 12, 1912, picked his way through a
basement where a cobbler sat at his work. After climbing two flights of
stairs he found himself in a large, loft-like room formerly used for
manufacturing purposes. The rooms where prostitution is carried on are
partitioned off by means of curtains. The only furniture in the receiving
"parlor" are old leather couches and chairs. The curtains over the windows
are of dark, heavy material, almost shutting out the light and air. The
entire interior is in a condition of decay, a fit setting for the use to
which it is put. Three of the five inmates were present, scantily dressed
and all claiming to possess health certificates, issued by the house

In the parlor of a three-story house in Hester Street,[19] investigated at
1 P. M. on April 15, 1912, there were three inmates awaiting customers. A
lighthouse, named Angelo, stood on the stoop, beckoning to passers-by to
enter. Angelo is about thirty-five years of age, a short, heavy man, with
a black mustache; a cap sits upon his mass of black hair. The man is well
versed in the art of "pulling" customers into the house for which he
works. As men approach, he motions with his head and right thumb toward
the door, and, at the same time an expressive look comes into his watery
eyes. In the rear of the house is a large tenement building and little
children were playing and running through the hall at the time.

In one of the houses of this type a large wooden bench was placed against
the wall of the receiving parlor. Business was very brisk at the time the
investigator entered. The bench was full of customers crowded close
together, while others, who could not be accommodated with seats, stood
about the room. At the foot of the stairs which led to the bedrooms above,
a man was stationed. Every time a visitor came groping his way down the
stairs, the businesslike and aggressive announcer would cry out, "Next!"
At the word, the man sitting on the end of the bench nearest the stairs
arose and passed up. As he did so, the men on the bench moved along and
one of the men who were standing took the vacant seat.

Of the three grades of parlor house, the one-dollar establishment
predominates in Manhattan. Eighty of them were discovered during this
investigation. They differ from the fifty-cent houses just described only
in the somewhat better character of their surroundings. One of them on
Sixth Avenue[20] was visited at 12.45 A. M., March 1, 1912. A little woman
admitted the investigator to the receiving room, where sat nine inmates,
all scantily dressed. At 9.30 P. M. on March 6, 1912, another investigator
counted eighteen inmates at this same address; during the evening of
October 8, 1912, still another investigator visited this house and counted
ten inmates. The house is one of the most prosperous in the business; it
is well advertised and has a large list of customers.

The receiving parlor of another house on Sixth Avenue[21] is reached by
climbing a flight of winding stairs and passing through a red door with a
little window in it. The bedrooms are small and dirty, with practically no
furniture. But the madame is very energetic. As customers enter the house
she does not allow them to sit about and talk with the inmates, but urges
them to spend money or leave. At 12.45 A. M., March 14, 1912, twelve
inmates in flimsy costumes were seated about the parlor with five men--one
a forlorn peddler who had come in to sell fruit. The place was in an
uproar. One of the inmates was quarreling with the madame; several were
complaining of poor business. One of them showed the investigator a plain
white card with seven punched holes, proving that up to that hour she had
earned only seven dollars, half of which was hers. She stated that she has
to pay two dollars per day for board whether she lives at the house or
not. As a matter of fact, she as well as other girls in some of these
houses lives at home, going home early in the morning and not coming to
"work" until 6 P. M.

In an establishment in West 28th Street[22]--torn down during the summer
to make way for a loft building--the business was so profitable in June
that the keepers are said to have paid the wrecker a large sum to delay
from week to week. July 9 was one of the hottest days of the year. The
odors in the old house, dirty and falling into decay, were indescribable.
Through the long hours the sixteen inmates sat, hot and sullen. The day
before the madame had left for a resort in Sullivan County where many of
her kind go during the summer months. She had placed in charge the
housekeeper,[23] who did the best she could to keep the girls in good
humor and to get through the day's business. On this hot July day there
were 264 customers. So the records on the cards showed the next morning as
the housekeeper sat with the "boss" making up the "books." Buster served
30 of these; Babie, 27; Charlotte, 23; Dolly, 20, and so on. But the
"boss" was not satisfied. "Why were not more women on the job last night?"
he demanded. The housekeeper replied that they had stayed away because of
the heat,--they had been completely "done up" the day before. Then the fat
and well-groomed owner of the business picked up a china cup and hurled it
at his luckless representative, while he cursed loud and deep. "The trade
must be taken care of" and if she couldn't "do it" he would get "some one
who could."

To the third group belong all houses where higher prices rule: sometimes
twenty-five dollars, or even more, are demanded, according to the nature
of the service performed. Men of standing have been heard to advise young
men to patronize this class of house on the ground that there is less
danger; everything is said to be sanitary, the inmates less vulgar,
younger, and more intelligent. The external appointments are indeed good,
and there is at times even an outward air of refinement. Costly dresses
and valuable jewelry are worn; the women are young, sometimes attractive
in appearance.

For several years a house in West 15th Street[24] has been a notorious
resort of this description. The property is owned by the madame who
conducts the business for a very exclusive trade. For some time it was
impossible for the investigators to gain admittance. Finally, at 11.45 P.
M., May 5, 1912, one of them was "introduced" by a man well known as a
promoter of the business in former years. Six inmates were on hand at this
hour, "house girls," as they are called,--that is, they are "steady" and
leave all their earnings to the house, purchasing from the madame
everything they require, dresses, hats, gloves, hose, cosmetics, etc., all
at exorbitant prices. On one occasion a rich man remained here four days
and spent $600. To use the madame's words, "He opened ninety pints of wine
at five dollars a pint; that is, I charged him for ninety pints."

On this same street is another establishment,[25] which has been conducted
for several years. Here again the investigator had to be introduced before
he was allowed to enter. The madame owns the property, having paid $20,000
for it some years ago. Like other women of her type, she has what she
calls a "protector"--in this case said to be a politician and ex-city
official. Ten years ago this man met her when she was an inmate in
Diamond Fanny's house on West 40th Street. Becoming infatuated with her,
he took her away and "kept" her. Finally, he "set her up in business," and
now he "looks after her." The madame keeps a list of girls whom she calls
to the house as occasion requires. She described them as being "short
ones," "tall ones," "blondes," "brunettes," "stout ones," "thin ones," and
"just kids." "Men," she said, "are very fussy and you have to cater to
them if you want to keep their trade." Some of the girls, she said, are
employed by day in stores and offices, and take this method of increasing
their earnings.

At 11.30 P. M., February 16, 1912, the investigator was taken to a very
exclusive house[26] by a chauffeur who receives a commission on every
customer he secures. There were fifteen young and attractive girls in the
receiving parlors, in one of which in the rear of the house an orchestra
of young men played through the evening. The patron is ushered into the
front parlor by colored maids trim and smart in white aprons; here the
youngest of the "stock" is shown. The parlors are equipped with
gold-trimmed furniture. Rich rugs and pretentious paintings testify to
prosperity. Wine and beer are sold at the usual exorbitant prices. The
inmates are dressed in elaborate evening gowns of silk and satin. As the
investigator started to leave, the madame said, "Every Saturday night is
bargain night, and next Saturday I shall have twelve young girls and
guarantee them to be not over sixteen years of age. You must come early
and get one of the bargains."

To some of these places customers are admitted only if they come in a cab
or a taxi. This was the case at a place in West 46th Street[27] at 2.30 A.
M., April 1, 1912. At this hour two men were refused admission because
they were not known and did not come in a cab. The investigator, however,
fared better: he had been brought to the house by Joe,[28] a cabman who
recommended him to the madame.

It might be suggested that the foregoing data prove at most that parlor
houses were in operation on the specific dates mentioned, and then only.
As a matter of fact, the establishments in question were observed from
week to week and from month to month. Notorious though they were, there
was for the most part no interruption of business, except, in the latter
part of the period of our investigation, as a consequence of a startling
event to be described later.[29] A dollar house in Sixth Avenue[30] was
visited March 5, March 6, May 25, July 21, and August 25, 1912;
another[31] on West 24th Street, was visited February 2, February 19,
March 24, May 24, May 25, 1912; twelve visits were paid to another in West
25th Street[32] between February 1 and July 16; the same number between
February 8 and July 15 to a house in West 31st Street.[33]

The above instances are taken almost at random; many more are brought
together at the close of this volume.[34] They establish beyond a doubt
the systematic, notorious, and well-night undisturbed conduct of a large
number of brothels in Manhattan during the period with which this record



The general situation in respect to vice resorts other than parlor houses
does not materially differ from the conditions described in the preceding
chapter. Tenements, hotels, and massage parlors were found to be openly,
flagrantly, and in large numbers utilized for the commercial exploitation
of prostitution in the interest, not of the woman herself, but of a
promoter who drives her to do her utmost and assists in the work by
cunningly angling for victims for her. The resorts to be now described
were in many, perhaps in most instances, well known, accessible, and--for
the period of this inquiry--usually unmolested.


The tenement house law of 1911 defines a tenement house as a "house or
building, or portion thereof, which is rented, leased, let or hired out,
to be occupied, or is occupied as the home or residence of three families
or more living independently of each other, and doing their cooking upon
the premises, or by more than two families upon any floor so living and
cooking, but having a common right in the halls, stairways, yards,
water-closets or privies, or some of them." Any portion of a house of
this description which is habitually used for the business of prostitution
is regarded in this volume as a vice resort in a tenement. During the
period of this investigation 1172 different vice resorts were found in 575
tenement houses at separate addresses in Manhattan.

The majority of the tenement buildings in which professional prostitutes
thus ply their trade are situated between West 59th Street and West 110th
Street, from Central Park west to Broadway or the river. A few of the
cheaper type are conducted on the East Side in the vicinity of East 127th
Street. On the lower East Side these resorts are less numerous than

The conditions in many of these tenements are scandalous and demoralizing
to the last degree. Children grow up in them amid unsanitary conditions,
with bad air and light, wearing clothes which do not keep the body warm,
eating food which does not nourish, sleeping in crowded rooms,--brothers
with sisters, daughters with fathers,--dressing and undressing in the
presence of boarders or distant relatives, and witnessing sights never
meant for the eyes of innocence. And, as if this were not enough to
complete the moral breakdown, the prostitute creeps in like an infectious
disease and spreads her degrading influence,--often without the least
effort to conceal her vocation.

Examples are all too common: On February 19, about 7:30 P. M., an
investigator was told of a disorderly place in a basement near by.[36] It
was suggested that he ring the janitor's bell and ask for the woman. When
he did so, a little girl, apparently twelve years of age, came to the
door. The child fully understood; going to the basement door, she called
for the woman, who, opening the door, carefully scrutinized the
investigator and invited him to enter.

A pale little girl, about fourteen years of age, was the companion of the
dirty, rum-soaked janitress of a tenement on West 107th Street. The woman
declared with vehemence that she would never allow any of these "vile
huzzies" to live in her house; but there were plenty of them on the
street, she said, turning to the child for confirmation of her statement.
And the child told of their haunts in the neighborhood, giving
house-number after house-number.

One day on West 108th Street the following scene was enacted: Two small
girls and two boys were standing on the stoop as a man came up and rang a
certain bell. As he did so the children snickered and spoke in whispers to
one another. They knew that the bell rang in the apartment on the second
floor rear; that the woman who came to the door in a loose kimono, with a
mass of yellow hair and painted cheeks, was a prostitute[37] and that many
other men with the same furtive eye, the same hesitating manner, had often
passed through that door on other afternoons and nights.

A census was taken in 27 different tenements where immoral conditions were
found to exist during the month of February, 1912; 18 of them situated on
the East Side, 9 on the West Side. There were 390 families living in the
27 tenements, with 425 children under 16 years of age, 214 boys and 211
girls. In addition, there were 92 unmarried men over 16 and 65 unmarried
women over 16. The investigator also reported 30 widows living in these
houses, with 18 children, the eldest being 12 years of age. In the
different apartments 56 women were found who, on the basis of dress,
conversation, and general bearing, were classed as "suspicious." While
passing through the buildings up flights of stairs, from floor to floor,
he noted the bad air, the dim light, the sagging floors, the dirty rooms
where the walls were cracking through the paper. At times children were
playing in front of doors behind which prostitutes plied their trade.

The prostitute does well for herself to take up her abode among the
families of the poor. Her first move is to "get a stand-in" with the
janitor or his wife. She "slips" them a dollar to see that the moving man
does not injure the furniture. She alone among the tenants gives presents,
fruit and candy to the children and pays them to run errands; slowly, but
surely, she establishes herself securely under the eye that does not see
and the ear that does not hear.

In no essential respect does the conduct of a tenement vice resort differ
from that of the parlor house previously described. Prices are of the same
range, from fifty cents to ten dollars; occasionally twenty-five dollars
may be demanded. The same pretense of medical examination is made. The
same advertising devices are employed. A madame who conducts a prosperous
business in a tenement in West 58th Street sends a letter to her former
customers announcing the removal of the "library."[38] The use of the
word "library" to indicate the resort and of "books" to indicate inmates
is a popular one. Another madame urges her former patrons to renew their
"membership in the library"; "new books," she asserts, are "on file in our
new quarters." Still another enterprising promoter invites men to her
place of business by saying, "Please call as I have a _new_ member in the
lodge." Similarly, business is procured through the same agents utilized
by the parlor house--runners, bartenders, cabmen and chauffeurs. Where
several establishments are conducted in one apartment building, elevator
boys are given liberal tips by rival madames for "steering" callers to
their flats. Often the madames or selected inmates go to public places or
on the streets to solicit men. Sometimes they visit a large office
building and under some pretext seek an interview with the heads of firms
or with managers, and leave their cards. One day a young lawyer received a
letter asking him to call at a certain address in Harlem on a matter of
business. Though he did not recognize the name, he kept the appointment.
He was dumfounded to find the supposed client a madame who had four
inmates in her resort.

Liquor is more largely sold in tenement resorts than in parlor houses; the
prices are usually the same, five dollars for a small bottle of wine, two
dollars for a round of beer. In many of the resorts in tenements drugs are
used by the inmates and sold to customers. For instance, the investigator
of a resort on West 111th Street found several men smoking opium. In
another flat, on West 37th Street, one of the colored inmates was
snuffing cocaine. In a tenement on West 39th Street there is an opium
"joint" on the second floor where prostitutes "smoke." Some of the girls
spend five and six dollars a day in this place. A girl who solicits on the
street for a vice resort in a tenement on West 38th Street is a "dope
fiend," and the madame of a flat on West 43rd Street, where there are four
inmates, is addicted to the opium habit.

Not infrequently an apartment is utilized as a call-house: girls, not
living on the premises, are summoned by telephone when customers arrive.
Additional recruits are also procured by call, when needed. The "call" is
sometimes a half-way stage for the working girl on the road to complete
prostitution. One day the madame of a call-house on West 58th Street
received a special delivery letter, the number of which was 14.446--9,
reading as follows:

     "_Dear Madam_,--

     "I tried to get you on the wire, but could not get you. Kindly send
     Miss Viola, the pretty little blonde, over at 2.30, not later if
     possible, on Monday afternoon (to-morrow) without fail--this is a
     good engagement.

     "Also send me another pretty young girl and accommodating at 1.30
     sharp. Now please do not disappoint me.[39]

        "Signed (Mrs.) ----

     "Sunday, May 28th."

Call-houses are usually cozy and homelike, presided over by a woman who
dwells upon her efforts to make her customers happy and comfortable. She
declares that there are so many "nice respectable men" who are lonely in a
big city and who want places where they will feel absolutely safe, where
they can meet pretty girls, spend the evening, and get a few drinks. The
stock in trade of such a house is usually a collection of photographs of
the girls who are "on call." In addition, the madame exhibits a
description of them, with measurements to show their physical development;
the prices are appended. Her victims are variously procured: sometimes in
restaurants frequented by girls who are employed in offices and stores:
again, her place of operation may be the ladies' retiring room, where she
enters into conversation with girls, inviting them to a meal or to spend
an evening in her apartment. If she sees a girl alone at a table, she asks
whether she may sit down with her and urges her to have a "little drink."
Thus acquaintance springs up and "dates" are made for the theater, the
madame paying the bill. At other times she goes to a department store and
selects a girl, from whom she makes her purchases. The girl may be
flattered by evidences of interest and friendship, or tempted by the
prospects of fine clothes, leisure, and opportunities for pleasure. The
danger is especially great if she has previously lapsed.

On certain streets on the East Side below 14th Street and in Harlem there
are a number of cider "stubes" in the basement of tenement houses. In
these "stubes" foreign girls act as waitresses, serving small glasses of
cider or other soft drinks to customers. While serving, the girls solicit
their customers to enter small rooms in the rear of the basement. The
keepers of these "stubes" are constantly advertising in the foreign
papers published in New York for waitresses, offering to pay five or six
dollars a week for such service. There is no doubt that many ignorant
foreign girls are thus lured into lives of prostitution. One keeper who
had a waitress about 38 years of age told the investigator that she
expected to have two or three young girls in a few days. Another
proprietor tried to secure the custom of the investigator by saying that
he expected to secure two nice young girls for his "stube." Both were
advertising in a German paper for help at the time. Such an advertisement
for a very disreputable "stube" on East 4th Street appeared in a German
newspaper on March 29, April 6, 8, 12, 13, 14, and 19.

Our records abound in material illustrating the foregoing account. For
example, on May 19, 1912, at 7 P. M., and again on May 20, 1912, at 8 P.
M., the investigator visited a vice resort in a tenement in West 43rd
Street.[40] There were four inmates in the receiving parlor, all claiming
to have medical certificates. The madame[41] declared, however, that if
none of them suited she would for a larger price call up a young girl who
was not "a regular sport." Thereupon she summoned the girl by
telephone.[42] The newcomer appeared to be about eighteen years of age.
While talking with the investigator, Irene said she had been in the
"business" since last September but worked in a department store in
Brooklyn.[43] Previously to this she had been employed in a store on Sixth
Avenue. About one and a half years ago--so she says--her sweetheart, a
shipping clerk, who makes $12 a week, seduced her, promising marriage: he
does not know that Irene is making money "on the side" in this manner. Her
aunt, with whom she lives, is very strict with her, requiring her to be
home at ten o'clock every night.

The investigator pretended not to be satisfied with Irene; thereupon
another girl, Margie, spoke up: she knew a "kid" that would suit, but the
price would be ten "bucks" (dollars). From other remarks made, the
investigator believes that the "kid" referred to is her sister. Margie
leaves the flat at 5.30 P. M., for her home in Brooklyn, where she lives
with her parents. They are under the impression that she is employed
through the day in a wholesale millinery store downtown. The madame still
insisted that if the supposed prospective customer really wanted young and
pretty girls she could get them: "but," she added, "these girls come high,
five and ten dollars."

On November 6, 1911, a woman who was afterwards employed in this
investigation received a letter concerning a cider "stube" in a tenement
in East 5th Street.[44] The letter read as follows:

     "Reading of your good work in lending your services to assist the
     unfortunate creatures, I hope you will give your undivided attention,
     for this certain woman[45] is engaged in this business for the last
     seven years and is too shrewd to be caught. You will have to watch
     carefully her movements. She keeps a cider store on East 5th Street,
     New York.... Look up her record and you will see she was arrested a
     few times.... She just was sentenced four months over the Island....
     Please I beg you to look into this matter. I would give you my name,
     but it is impossible for me to do so. I am a citizen of the U. S. A.
     I know this place ruins many young girls."

At 12.30 P. M., February 22, 1912, the investigator found two women in
this place, by both of whom he was solicited to go to a rear room for
immoral purposes. When they failed in their efforts, the proprietor said
that she could get him a young girl if he preferred. Two days later the
resort was visited by another investigator, who found two women acting as
waitresses, by one of whom he was similarly solicited.

The various establishments above mentioned were all repeatedly visited in
order to show their relatively permanent character and their freedom from
interference: one[46] on Broadway was visited nine times in five weeks:
another,[47] in West 29th Street, five times between February 8 and August
19; a third,[48] in the same neighborhood, five times in four months.


The parlor house and the tenement vice resort are, like shops, fixed
places for the carrying on of prostitution as a trade. There is, besides,
an enormous amount of itinerant prostitution utilizing mainly disorderly
hotels. These places are commonly called "Raines Law" hotels.

The history of the creation of the "Raines Law" hotels in New York City is
exceedingly interesting. The primary object of the framer of the law was
to minimize the evils connected with saloons. As pointed out in the report
of The Research Committee of The Committee of Fourteen, issued in 1910
under the title of "The Social Evil in New York City, a study of Law

     "from the passage of this law dates the immediate growth of one of
     the most insidious forms of the Social Evil. This growth was due to a
     heavy increase in the penalties for a violation and the expected
     increased enforcement of the law by state authorities beyond the
     reach of local influences. To illustrate, the license tax was raised
     from $200. to $800., and the penalty of the forfeiture of a bond was
     also added.[50] To escape these drastic penalties for the selling of
     liquor on Sunday in saloons, saloon keepers created hotels with the
     required 10 bedrooms, kitchen and dining-room. The immediate increase
     was over 10,000 bedrooms. There being no actual demand for such an
     increase in hotel accommodations, the proprietors in many instances
     used them for purposes of assignation or prostitution, to meet the
     additional expense incurred. In 1905 there were 1407 certificated
     hotels in Manhattan and the Bronx, and of these about 1150 were
     probably liquor law hotels. In 1906 an important administrative
     provision was added to the law. This amendment, known as the Prentice
     Act, provided that hotels must be inspected and passed by the
     Building Department as complying with the provisions of the law,
     before a certificate could be issued to them. As a result of this new
     legislation, 540 alleged hotels were discontinued in Manhattan and
     the Bronx. A large number of these places, however, continued under
     saloon licenses."

Since that time the fight against these vicious hotels on the part of the
Committee of Fourteen has been constant and effectual. As a result, the
business of prostitution as formerly carried on in them has been well-nigh
suppressed. Very few of the hotels found to be used for "assignation" and
"disorderly" purposes during the present investigation are ten-room
establishments. In 1912, 400 of the 425 ten-room hotels which now exist
were conducted as hotels for men only.[51]

A disorderly hotel, as we use the term, is one which violates Section 1146
of the Penal Law (keeping a disorderly house) by admitting the same woman
twice in one night with two different men, or by renting the same room
twice in one night to two different couples, or by regularly admitting
known and habitual prostitutes. An assignation hotel is one doing business
with transient couples, the women not necessarily being habitual

According to the official records, there were 558 hotels in Manhattan in
1912 which were certificated under the Liquor Tax Law. This number
includes the legitimate commercial hotels as well as those which were the
outgrowth of the Liquor Law. During the period of this investigation in
1912, 103 hotels were found which are classed as being assignation places,
disorderly, or suspicious. Evidence was discovered which proved that
habitual prostitutes were openly soliciting men on the street and
elsewhere to go to 65 of these hotels for immoral purposes. A woman
investigator discovered 25 additional hotels where prostitutes declared
they could freely take customers or have them openly visit their
apartments or rooms. This gives a total of 90 different hotels in
Manhattan which may be classified as "disorderly." In addition to these,
seven different hotels were discovered which prostitutes claimed to be
able to use for immoral purposes, though admitting that they had to be
careful not to frequent them too often. In some of these places
prostitutes are not allowed to use a room more than twice during every
twenty-four hours, once during the day and again at night. There are six
very high-class hotels which prostitutes asserted to a woman investigator
they had used, or could use, under certain conditions. It is no uncommon
thing for the more prosperous and well-dressed prostitutes to solicit
trade in the lobbies of these hotels.

The hotels above referred to are situated in the following sections of
Manhattan: Sixth Avenue from West 23rd Street to West 46th Street; Eighth
Avenue from West 116th to West 125th Streets; the side streets between
Broadway and Sixth Avenue from West 34th to West 53rd Street; Lexington,
Third, and Fourth Avenues, and Irving Place. The centers where soliciting
for these hotels is most flagrant are as follows: East 14th Street and
Third Avenue, and north on Lexington Avenue; Sixth Avenue and West 28th
Street; Seventh Avenue and West 35th Street; Longacre Square to the east;
Columbus Avenue from West 60th to West 62nd Street; Eighth Avenue from
West 116th to West 125th Streets.

Of these resorts many are weather-beaten buildings, dirty and unsightly
without, unsanitary and filthy within. The small rooms are separated by
thin partitions through which even conversations in low tones can be
heard. The furniture is cheap and worn with constant use. A dilapidated
bureau or dresser occupies one corner; a rickety wash-stand equipped with
dirty wash bowl and pitcher stands in another. Cheap chromos hang on the
wall, dingy with age. A small, soiled rug partly covers the floor which is
seldom, if ever, scrubbed with soap and water. The air is foul and heavy
with unpleasant odors, for the windows are rarely opened. The awnings that
shut out the light are seldom lifted; they are sign-posts to the
initiated, hanging mute and weather-beaten all the year round.

During the fall of 1907 a large number of parlor houses in the Tenderloin
were raided and closed through the combined efforts of the Police
Commissioner and the District Attorney's office. Some of these houses had
been operated by men who subsequently transferred their activities to
"hotels," where they continued to practise their former methods. Others
took their women with them, lodging them in the "hotels," paying them
certain commissions, and treating them in the same manner as in the house.
A group of women thus attached to a "hotel" solicit for it on the street
or in the rear rooms of saloons.

Between the proprietors of these "hotels" there is great business
rivalry. They constantly try to induce prostitutes attached to other
resorts to patronize their place of business and become "regulars." They
even go so far as to hire young men to make friends with the women and to
offer them large commissions and better protection than they can secure
elsewhere. At times, saloon keepers who allow prostitutes to solicit in
their rear rooms do so on condition that the women take customers secured
in their places of business to friendly hotels. For instance, the owner of
a notorious saloon in East 14th Street demands that the women in his rear
room take their customers to a certain hotel on Third Avenue. If one
should break the compact and go to a rival place, she would be thereafter
debarred, as if she had violated a code of honor.

Most of the solicitation for "hotels" is nowadays done on the street. Even
here the proprietor attempts to keep his women in line. He sets spies at
work to see that they take the trade where it belongs. The young men so
employed are often the "pimps" of the street walkers, keen to see that
their women do not "get away with any money" by going to a strange hotel,
from which they cannot collect the commission. A young man of this
character stations himself near the entrance of a certain hotel on the
Bowery and, as his woman enters with a customer, carefully takes a pin
from the right lapel of his coat and puts it on the left lapel. Woe to the
woman if she fails to produce the money represented by the accumulation of
the pins in the left lapel, when the business of the night is over!

When the street walkers of certain hotels are arrested, the proprietor
hastens to court to pay the fines, should such be imposed, or offer bail
so that the girls may return to their "duties." In some cases he insists
on repayment of the money he has advanced; and the girl is grateful
because he has saved her from the Island. If a girl "breaks away" from a
hotel and goes to a rival place of business the proprietor will go so far
as to have her arrested again and again to teach her the lesson of
"loyalty." In some cases she is glad to return to his good graces,
especially if she finds herself on the Island.

There are many street walkers who are "free lances," taking their trade to
the hotel which offers the best inducements. They realize that they are
adrift--with no one but their "pimp" to protect them. And "pimps" are
usually admirable protectors, masters of the art of "saving" their women
from the hand of the law. They are keen, wise young men, well grounded in
the business of exploiting the girls of the street at the least possible
expense. Some of them are known as "gun men," "strong arm guys,"
"guerillas," and do effective work for politicians.

The prostitutes who are attached to certain hotels, as well as those who
go from place to place with their trade are often given "rebates" or
"commissions" on all the business they bring in. The rebate system was
found to exist in 21 of the 65 hotels to which investigators were
solicited to go for immoral purposes. If a customer pays $2.00 for a room,
the prostitute receives $1.00 as a rebate. If, when in the room, he orders
wine or beer, the girl receives another rebate or commission on the amount
of the bill. Sometimes it is ten per cent, sometimes twenty-five per
cent: this, in addition to her own price, which varies from $1.00 to
$5.00, or as much as she is able to persuade the customer to give her.
Many hotels have rebate clerks whose duty it is to keep the accounts of
the girls and pay them the commissions due them. This is a very important
branch of the business; for if the solicitor is satisfied and is making
"good money," she feels like continuing her patronage and "hustling" all
the harder for her hotel.

Some of the disorderly hotels have two registration books, one of which is
used for entering single visits during a period of twenty-four hours, the
other to register the number of times different rooms are used during the
same period. The first book is the one displayed to inquisitive
investigators or inspectors. In some resorts there is a regular office, as
in a legitimate hotel, where couples register at the desk; in others, a
small window is all that can be seen. The clerk pushes the book through
the opening and the man registers, often without seeing the clerk's face.
The woman is not seen by the clerk at all, as she stands in the shadow
away from the window.

Disorderly hotels offer a comparatively safe place in which to commit
crimes of one kind or another. A well-known hotel referred to on another
page has been the scene of murder. But the chief crime is stealing. The
most successful prostitutes who solicit for these hotels are "gun mols,"
that is, pickpockets. They use all manner of subterfuges to "lift" the
"roll" from the pockets of their customers. When their victim is heavy and
sleepy from drink, they usually succeed, getting away before he realizes
his loss.

But the hotel is utilized not only by the criminal prostitute: it is too
often the scene of first seduction. A young, weak, and foolish girl is
induced to dine, then to drink, with a comparative stranger who has first
taken pains to ingratiate himself with her: without recollection of what
has taken place in the interval, she awakens next morning amid the totally
strange surroundings of a hotel of this character.

A brief description of a typical assignation and disorderly hotel will
illustrate some of the general observations above made:

A Third Avenue hotel[52] has had an interesting and varied history. The
ground is owned by citizens who are well known in social and financial
circles. The name of the place has been changed since 1906-7, but the same
proprietor conducts the establishment. Once he ran a house in the old
Eldridge precinct, later another in East 9th Street. When these places
were suppressed, he opened the hotel here in question. He and his
manager[53] were both members of the Independent Benevolent Association in
1909. For some years this hotel has been on the Police List as under
"strict surveillance"; now and then it has been raided. As far back as
1906 one of the agents of an investigation then in progress was told by a
prostitute that detectives had informed the girls that if they resorted to
this hotel they would not be molested; whether this is true or not, the
fact remains that the hotel was still doing business during the period of
this investigation.

On January 26, 1912, an investigator was solicited in the rear room of a
notorious saloon on East 14th Street by "Pearl," who said she would have
to take him to the hotel in question. Knowing the history of the resort,
he accompanied the girl to the sitting-room in order to see if conditions
were still the same; while there he talked with two other girls who are
attached to the place. Thus he ascertained that the proprietor has two
relays of solicitors, one group on the street from early morning until
night, the other group on duty all night. To see that they attend strictly
to business, a young man is employed to watch them at their work. If the
girls enter into a dispute with customers over terms, the assistant
endeavors to straighten out the difficulty. If they are arrested, he
informs his employer, who, in turn, goes to the court and does what he can
to secure their release. Mamie and Mary both stated that the rebate clerk
gives them all amounts over $1.00 which their customers pay for rooms. In
case customers buy wine at $5.00 per bottle, the girls receive $2.00 per
bottle as a commission.[54]


In addition to the more elaborate establishments already described,
furnished rooms frequently serve their occupants as vice resorts. During
the period of this investigation 112 furnished room assignation houses
were discovered. The majority of these are within the following
boundaries: First Avenue, Houston Street, the Bowery, and Avenue B;
Second Avenue, 27th Street, Seventh Avenue, 31st Street; 33rd Street,
Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street; Third Avenue, 27th Street, Seventh Avenue,
31st Street; Eighth Avenue, 33rd Street; Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street. The
places are particularly dangerous because a stranger, seeking inexpensive
board and lodging, has no way to ascertain their character: an innocent
girl may thus unwittingly find herself in the most demoralizing

Prostitutes do not necessarily live in the furnished room house. They may
simply have an understanding with the madame, who, in reality, conducts an
assignation house run on the same principle as a hotel, but without
register or clerk. The price of the room is determined by the "privileges"
for which the girl stipulates,--usually to the effect that, though not
resident, she may bring "friends" there at any hour of the day or night.
In some houses the prostitute pays $2.00 per night; elsewhere the landlady
demands as much as $3.00 per night, or half of what the prostitute earns.
In this way a large weekly rental is secured for very inferior quarters.
Once possessing such a room with "privileges," the prostitute solicits or
picks up customers on the street, and in public places of all sorts, such
as dance halls, restaurants, and the rear rooms of saloons.

The women who use the furnished room houses are divided into three
classes. The first are the occasional or clandestine prostitutes, to whom
the furnished room offers a more secret place than the hotel for both the
woman and the man. The second are regular prostitutes who use hotel and
room alternately. They prefer to go to the hotel, as they declare it is
safer. "We are protected in the hotel," they say; "the proprietor knows us
and you won't be molested." But customers who object to hotels are taken
to her furnished room if the girl is not suspicious. The third class, who
use the furnished rooms almost exclusively, are women who are nearing the
end of their vogue as professional prostitutes. Rejected by hotels because
they are dirty, diseased, or in the last stages of drug and liquor habits,
these outcasts from the prosperous marts of trade escort their prey to
their own miserable quarters.

A few illustrations of the manner in which the furnished room trade works
will suffice:

A house of this character in West 31st Street[55] is one of the most
notorious in the city. Late at night, August 23rd, 1912, it was entered by
a large number of couples from a dance hall near by; subsequently, one of
the men, about forty-five years of age, complained to the investigator
that he had been robbed there that night. Four evenings later, eight
different prostitutes entered with their customers in the course of less
than five minutes. Shortly after, a colored maid from the house applied to
a saloon near by to change two five-dollar bills. During the conversation
she told the bartender, from whom she frequently bought liquor for the
guests, that the rooms in the house were nearly all taken.

At 11 P. M. on March 19, 1912, several prostitutes were soliciting on
Third and Lexington Avenues for a furnished room house in East 116th
Street.[56] They each pay the landlord $2.00 per night for room and
"privileges." One of these women appeared to be about twenty-one years of
age. "I pay $2.00 per night for my room," she said, "and bring in as many
men as I can grab. Whenever I am ready to quit for the night I meet my
'fellow' and we go there to sleep."

A furnished room house in West 40th Street[57] is surrounded by tenements
in which many white and colored families are living. On February 9, 1912,
two colored women stood in the doorway, soliciting men as they passed by.
As the investigator approached, two white children about ten and twelve
years of age respectively, stood a few feet away listening to what was


The massage parlor, so-called, is the last of the resorts to be dealt
with. It is estimated that there are over 300 so-called massage parlors in
Manhattan, a large part of which are believed to be vice resorts: only 75,
however, were actually investigated in the course of this study and this
is the number used in calculating the number of vice resorts in Manhattan.

Our investigation was thus restricted because of the peculiar difficulties
involved in ascertaining the real character of many of these
establishments. Some are transparent enough: others can be uncovered only
by a customer. Our workers were instructed that it was not desired to
attempt an extended investigation of every place. They were told to learn
the nature of the massage given, the equipment, prices, the bearing,
attire, and general behavior of the operatives. On the basis of these
data they were to form an estimate as to whether or not conditions were
suspicious. From earlier investigations and reports it was already
believed that in nine cases out of ten the practices in these places are
immoral and degrading to the last degree.

A large number of massage parlors are located on the upper floors of
buildings on Sixth and Columbus Avenues and on the side streets from West
23rd Street to West 80th Street. They are indicated by means of large
signs displayed in the windows or tacked on the doors. These places also
advertise in a weekly paper published on Saturdays and offered for sale at
five cents per copy on news-stands in hotels and other public places.

The rooms are usually equipped with high couches, bureaus displaying comb,
brush, alcohol, and powder, and with wash stands. A manicure table is
often placed by the window,--on it a set of instruments used in caring for
the nails. In these places the operators insist that they give straight
massage and that they do not conduct an immoral business. In other
parlors, the sign on the window or door is the only evidence that such
treatment is given. These are openly disorderly, no apparent effort being
made to conceal the fact. The prices charged range from two dollars to
five dollars, according to the service demanded.

Not a few former madames of houses of prostitution have established vice
resorts under the guise of massage parlors for the purpose of continuing
in business after their houses were closed by action of the law. Into
these resorts they bring their former inmates, who now pose as experts in
the art of scientific massage. In the matter of securing new girls, the
keeper of a massage parlor has a great advantage; for she openly
advertises in the daily papers for girls to learn the "business of
massage," or for those who have had experience in this or that method of
massage as practiced in foreign lands. The advertisements state the age of
the girl wanted and the weekly salary. As a result, many unsuspecting
girls, answering advertisements, come into personal contact with
well-dressed and apparently respectable proprietors. If the girl appears
to be weak and easily led, the keeper begins by asking her how much money
she has been in the habit of making each week; then remarks smilingly that
some of her former operatives have made four or five times as much by not
"being too particular." She describes in a general way what she means by
"too particular." "Her customers," she says, "are often very rich and
generous; if a girl is attentive and jolly, these men will give her
generous prices and tips, and thus she can 'coin' money."

It is only just to say that not all massage parlors are of the type
described above. Some are legitimate and render scientific service to men
and women who are actually ill. If the proprietors of such places would
escape the general condemnation of their business, they should voluntarily
seek the endorsement of respectable physicians and engage operatives who
have _bona fide_ certificates showing that they have spent a certain
period of time in recognized institutions in preparation for their

A few examples only need be given:

Margaret,[58] proprietress of a massage parlor on Sixth Avenue,[59] spent
the evening of May 10, 1912, at a café in West 45th Street.[60] She
admitted that business had latterly not been brisk: it had become
difficult to get suitable operatives. The men who were procuring girls for
her were becoming afraid to go after "young girls" and she did not want
any "old ones." "Some fools," she said, "are writing stories about young
girls being sold into slavery and even country girls are getting wise and
think the men are going to put them into prison instead of giving them a
chance to make a little money for themselves. That sort of thing only
happens in the lower class of places. I have a nice business and nice men
and I give the girl one dollar out of every two and three, and two dollars
out of five, and half of anything over that. I had two girls; but one left
me the other night because I would not let her take 'dope.' There comes a
time with these 'dope fiends' when it interferes with business and they
have to cut it out."

By way of inducement, Margaret invited the investigator, who was a woman,
to work in her massage parlor the following Saturday and Sunday, offering
to allow her to keep all she made: she "had to have an operative to help
take care of her regular Saturday and Sunday customers"; by the following
week she felt sure that her procurer would have a girl for her. The
investigator called at the parlor early the following week to ascertain
what had happened. She found that the house had been sold and that the new
landlord had raised the rent for the "parlor" occupied by Margaret from
$60 to $75 per month. Thereupon Margaret had moved out, going to the
beach to open a temporary house for the summer.

Massage parlors are not uncommonly found in tenements,--there is one, for
instance, in such a building in West 47th Street.[61] Two operatives were
employed there with a madame[62] in April, 1912. Different resorts in this
tenement have been reported to the Tenement House Department several times
by the police, and arrests have been made here as far back as 1909.

A former member of the Chicago Vice Commission was in New York City in
April. His experience in studying conditions in the former city had made
him watchful and suspicious. One day he noticed a number of working girls,
young, and foreign in type, climbing the stairs of a building in West 43rd
Street.[63] As the girls came down some appeared to be disappointed, as
though they had not been successful in their errand, whatever it might be.
His interest was aroused. Observing a massage sign on the second floor, he
concluded that the girls had been answering an advertisement to call at
this place of business. An investigation thus started resulted in securing
the following facts:

     On April 3, 1912, a morning newspaper contained the following
     advertisement under the classification of "Help Wanted--Female."
     "Girl for light housework, not under 18; $7 to $9 a week. Mrs.[64]
     ----, ---- West 43rd Street, 2 flights up."

     Later in the day a young woman investigator was sent to the address
     with a copy of the advertisement. She was greeted at the door by the
     woman, who soon disclosed the character of the place. In reply to the
     inquiries of the investigator, she explained the nature of the
     business: her customers paid from two to ten dollars, the girls
     receiving approximately one-half. An inmate had earned $48 in a week:
     but a girl's usefulness is brief, for frequent changes are necessary
     in order to retain the trade.

     On the same date a morning paper published in the German language
     printed the following advertisement under the classification,
     "_Verlangt Weiblich_."[65] "Girl, neat, German, not under 18 years of
     age. One who knows how to massage or one who is willing to learn.
     Wages paid while learning. Inquire Mrs.[66] ----, ---- West 43rd
     Street, two flights up." This is the massage parlor described above.

     On April 9, 1912, the same investigator received the following letter
     from the proprietor of the parlor:

          "_Dear Mrs. ----_:

          "If you have not taken any position yet, would you kindly call
          on me?

               (Signed) "----."

     A week later the investigator called again, finding the establishment
     still in operation, with a new assistant, procured through the
     landlord. With a little prodding, the garrulous madame resumed her
     confidences, explaining the process of "fixing up" girls so as to
     appear young, and other details of her nefarious occupation.

In the foregoing pages we have circumstantially described the more
prominent forms taken by vice in New York City. It is surely no
exaggeration to maintain that the evidence submitted proves that
prostitution in New York City is widely and openly exploited as a business
enterprise.[67] The exploiters, the scenes of their operations, their
methods, their associations, and their victims are all equally notorious.
It is idle to explain away the phenomena on the ground that they are the
results of the inevitable weakness of human nature: human weakness would
demand far fewer and less horrible sacrifices. Most of the wreckage, and
the worst of it, is due to persistent, cunning and unprincipled
exploitation: to the banding together in infamous enterprises of madame,
pimp, procurer, brothel-keeper, and liquor vender to deliberately carry on
a cold-blooded traffic for their joint profit,--a traffic, be it added,
from which the girl involved procures at the most, with few exceptions,
her bare subsistence, and that, only so long as she has a trade value.



Places which cater to vice are divided into two groups. The first group,
catering directly to vice, includes saloons and their accessories, such as
concert halls and cabaret shows; the second group, operating indirectly,
comprises public dance halls, burlesque theaters, amusement parks, and
boat excursions. The proprietors of these places usually have full
knowledge of the demoralizing influence of their establishments, and
deliberately encourage such conditions for the purpose of increasing their
profits. "The saloons which cater to women," writes Professor
Rauschenbusch, "the dance halls that encourage indecent dances and supply
long intermissions for the consumption of liquor; pleasure resorts and
excursion steamers, theaters, music halls, and moving picture shows that
use the ever ready attractiveness of sex interests--are all smoothing the
downward road--and they know it."[68]

Nevertheless, it would be unjust to condemn indiscriminately all persons
connected with the places which indirectly promote vice. An exception
should be made of certain proprietors of dance halls and amusement parks,
the commissioners of public parks, and some excursion boat owners.


These places may all be considered under one heading because they are
connected with saloons: they differ only in the character and grade of
entertainment given in them, this varying with the ingenuity of the

A disorderly saloon is one where indecent acts occur, where indecent
language is used publicly, where there is open solicitation for immoral
purposes, or to which known and habitual prostitutes resort. The records
in the office of the State Commissioner of Excise show that up to and
including January 28, 1913, 4,583 liquor tax certificates were issued in
the Borough of Manhattan under Sub-Division One of the Liquor Tax Law.
During the period of this investigation, _i. e._, from January 24, 1912,
to December 15, 1912, the rear rooms of 765 saloons at separate addresses
were investigated. Unescorted women, who from their actions and
conversation were believed to be prostitutes, were seen in 308 of the 765
rear rooms investigated, and the investigators were openly solicited by
prostitutes for immoral purposes in 107 separate rear rooms. In some of
these places white men and colored women, in others colored men and white
women, mingle freely.

The majority of disorderly saloons are situated on Third Avenue and side
streets from East 10th to East 125th Streets; on Sixth Avenue and side
streets from West 22nd to West 49th Streets; on Seventh Avenue and side
streets from West 23rd to West 52nd Streets; and on Eighth Avenue and side
streets from West 14th to West 125th Streets. There are other disorderly
saloons on the lower East Side, on the Bowery and surrounding streets, on
Amsterdam, Columbus, and Lexington Avenues.

Many of these disorderly saloons occupy the ground floor of buildings the
upper floors of which are used as assignation and disorderly hotels under
the same management. The rear rooms are filled with small tables, where
customers are served with drinks from the bar. Some of the rooms are large
and clean, others small and exceedingly dirty. The ladies' retiring rooms
in the most disorderly places are very unsanitary. A report on one of the
rear rooms describes it as being "long and narrow, with a row of tables
down the length of two walls and in the center. So narrow and low and
dirty is the room that it is as if a stable had been hastily emptied and
swept out and turned into a temporary drinking booth."

The managers of these establishments are sometimes sober and industrious
men. They have been selected by the brewers to open saloons because of
their personal qualities; for they are hail fellows well met, "good
mixers," who make and hold friends. But these qualities do not always go
hand in hand with business sagacity. The "good mixer" soon finds himself
in debt to the brewer who set him up in business. The iron-clad mortgage
which the brewer holds on the fixtures hangs over the saloon keeper like a
menacing hand. He finds that he cannot make any money in the ordinary
business of selling liquor over the bar; sales are increased if women of
the street are encouraged to use the rear room as a "hangout" where they
can enter unescorted to meet men. In addition, the proprietor finds that
he can still further increase his profits by renting rooms over the
saloons to the women and their customers. "We have to evade the law to
make any money,"[69] remarked the owner[70] of a resort in East 116th

Some of the saloon keepers, of course, need no forcing. They started out
to exploit prostitution in connection with the liquor business. Their
business is organized with that in view. Prostitutes are attached to the
rear room, as to the hotels previously described, by certain rules and
customs. For example, one woman is not permitted to entice the customers
of another; the girl who is unable to hold her customer is gradually
forced to saloons that are less exacting. When the prostitute has secured
her customer, she must in certain saloons order fancy drinks. This has to
be cleverly done so as not to offend. The girl intimates that she loves to
drink wine because it makes her jolly and companionable. If she is
personally attractive and well dressed, the man does not object. "You
know," she murmurs, "I hate a cheap skate who won't treat a girl like a
lady." If she is unsuccessful in persuading her customer to buy expensive
drinks, the proprietor puts her out as a poor "wine agent," discharges her
from his employ, as it were. This is the practice of the manager of a
well-known saloon in East 14th Street.[71] On the other hand, the
proprietor protects the successful prostitute, just as does the hotel
keeper, previously mentioned.

The giving of commissions to prostitutes on the sale of drinks to their
customers in the rear rooms of saloons does not appear to obtain as a
general practice in Manhattan; but it is understood that women do receive
commissions on bottled wine and beer which customers order when occupying
with them the rooms upstairs.

Efforts are frequently made to enliven the scene by music and singing. In
the ordinary rear room, with cheap furniture, flickering lights, bad air,
and filled with rough men, a sallow-faced youth, with a cigarette hanging
out of the corner of his mouth, sits at a piano and indifferently bangs
out popular airs in wild, discordant notes. This becomes a "concert hall"
when the proprietor provides more music and additional singers. After a
while a café is established, where food can be obtained as well as drinks.
The grade of the entertainment improves a bit further and the place is
known as a cabaret show, a poor imitation of the legitimate cabaret show
given in respectable restaurants. Besides music, dancing, sometimes of an
obscene character, is carried on in the rear room. Dancing is, indeed,
cultivated for the express purpose of stimulating the sale of liquor and
what goes with it. The dances are frequented by prostitutes, pimps,
thieves, and those who want to see the "sights." Young and foolish girls,
for whom "social club" dances have become commonplace, are persuaded to
visit these saloons. Here they meet men whose sole object is their
subsequent exploitation for pleasure or for money. Under this influence
and environment they drift all the more rapidly into lives of
professional prostitution.

The prostitutes who frequent certain saloons in Manhattan combine their
immoral business with crime, particularly stealing. They boldly seek out a
man who appears to be "green," or under the influence of liquor, and "trim
him," as they say. The girls use their pimps, or, what may be nearer the
truth, the pimps use their girls, to carry out these robberies. A pimp,
becoming acquainted with a stranger, "steers" him "up against" his "gun
mol" (a prostitute who is a pickpocket), who aids in the "trimming"
process. Sometimes, if the hour is late and they are in the right place,
the pimps and their women become so bold as openly to go through the
pockets of their victims and afterwards throw them into the street. On one
such occasion the victim called loudly for the police, and, though an
officer stood on the other side of the street, his eyes were withheld and
his ears were stopped. The pimp laughed at the stranger and told him to
"yell louder" for all the good it would do him.

Of the statements just made abundant confirmation is at hand:

A saloon in East 14th Street,[72] one of the landmarks of this busy
street, has been notorious for many years. Its proprietor has a wide
reputation. His home life, according to report, is all that it should be;
no one has ever seen him intoxicated. Big, jolly, aggressive, he is the
embodiment of hospitality as he stands at the bar, greeting those who
enter with a kindly shake or a friendly nod. In the rear room of his
resort disgraceful conditions exist. At one end there is a small platform,
on which a young man sits, playing popular airs on a piano through the
long hours of the night. White-faced waiters, with their hair carefully
cut and plastered down, glide noiselessly about the tables. Carefully
trained are these young men in keeping the glasses full. They work
quickly. About the tables sit equally well-trained prostitutes. A man who
entered at 6.30 P. M., January 26, 1912, and stayed until 8.30 saw the
waiters urge the men customers to invite different girls to their tables.
Two of the girls were not engaged. As the rule of the place forbade them
to go to the table where men were sitting, they enlisted the waiter's aid.
Gliding to the table where three men were drinking, he soon succeeded in
having the girls invited to join the party. The investigator gained the
confidence of the girls with whom he conversed. "A girl must order fancy
drinks here when she is treated," said one of them; "if she don't, the
manager[73] orders her out and won't let her come in again." Pearl, a girl
about twenty years of age, solicited him to go to a hotel[74] not far
away. Two months later, at about 11 P. M., there were more than twenty
prostitutes and fifteen men in this rear room. The same conditions existed
during the evening of April 8, 1912, when a woman entered the rear room
alone. She walked to the extreme end of the room and saw eleven
prostitutes and four men sitting at tables. If this woman had been a
"regular," that is, one who frequented the place night after night, a
waiter would have brought her, entirely free, a small glass of beer or
ginger ale. She learned on inquiry that if a "regular" was "arrested" the
manager would "fix it up." Inducements were also offered in the hope that
she would enter the service of this house. The "suckers" all come down
here, she was told: "We get them before the girls on Sixth Avenue do."

On January 20, 1912, a well known pimp[75] met his woman in the rear room
of a saloon on Seventh Avenue.[76] An investigator saw this prostitute
give him a ten dollar bill. The pimp upbraided the girl for not having
more money and struck her a heavy blow in the face. She fell to the floor.
There was some excitement when this occurred. The girl was advised to have
the pimp arrested, but she refused to do so although her eyes were swollen
and discolored. This same rear room harbors other prostitutes who night
after night take their customers to a furnished room house in West 27th
Street,[77] where the landlord charges twenty-five cents for the use of a


In New York City there are places of a certain type which cater directly
to vice in that they are frequented, for the most part, by immoral and
dissolute persons who not only solicit on the premises for immoral
purposes, but create conditions which stimulate the business of
prostitution. The proprietors have a guilty knowledge of the fact that
prostitutes and their kind use the premises as an adjunct to immoral
trade. Such places include restaurants, pool rooms, delicatessen stores,
candy shops, hair dressing and manicure parlors, barber shops, cigar
stores, palmist and clairvoyant parlors, livery stables, and opium dens.
The places in question are usually situated in the vicinity of vice
resorts. To the ordinary observer their outward appearance is that of any
respectable business establishment. The signs are on the windows, goods
are displayed, customers may come and go, and there is a general air of
activity. From January 24, 1912 to November 15, 1912, 180 reports were
made in connection with conditions in 91 such miscellaneous places.

In some of these places, known as "hangouts," respectable trade is neither
sought nor encouraged. A stranger is looked upon with a certain amount of
suspicion and treated as an intruder. If he asks for a meal, he is told
that the hour for serving meals has passed; if he desires to purchase a
package of food from the shelves, he is informed that the particular brand
he seeks is missing.

The real purpose of the place is to afford a rendezvous where confidences
may be exchanged and deals planned--where birds of a feather may flock
together and be fed or entertained. It is indeed a varied group that sit
about the tables or lounge idly at the entrance: owners of houses of
prostitution, madames and inmates, street walkers, pimps, procurers,
gamblers, pickpockets, thieves, and crooks of every shade and kind. Young
boys of the neighborhood become fascinated with the adventurous lives of
the men who frequent these places and soon join their ranks.

One of the most important of these establishments is a delicatessen store
on Seventh Avenue,[79] a notorious and popular place. The little room is
crowded with things to eat and drink. Small tables are placed about the
vacant places and at these tables sit owners of houses, madames and
inmates, pimps, runners, and lighthouses. All the forces for the conduct
of the business of prostitution in parlor houses are here, scheming,
quarreling, discussing profits, selling shares, securing women, and paying
out money for favors received. If the walls of this little room could
speak, they would reveal many secrets. The value of houses is debated, the
income from the business, the expenses of conducting it, the price of
shares to-day, or to-morrow, or in the future, if this or that happens.
Here is the center of the trade in certain types of houses,--the stock
market, where members bid and outbid each other and quarrel over advantage
given or taken. The owner of this delicatessen store, a stout and rather
handsome man, moves about quietly. Upstairs, his wife, hearty and ample,
cares for his home and his children. Now and then the children sit at the
tables with wondering eyes and listen. The eldest girl, about seventeen,
dressed in white, talks earnestly with a handsome procurer or holds the
hand of a madame.

In some of the places here alluded to liquor is sold without a license; in
others, gambling is carried on. Poker, stuss, No. 21, pinochle, are played
in the rear behind closed doors. For instance, during the month of April,
1912, a stranger entered a "coffee and cake hangout" in East 114th
Street.[80] The usual crowd of pimps, crooks, and gamblers sat about the
tables eating and drinking. A man rose from a table and walked to the rear
to a little white door. He tapped gently; the door opened and closed
behind him. As it did so, the stranger saw in an inner room men seated
about a table.

Elsewhere a lucrative business in the sale of drugs is carried on.
Blanche, a street walker, crazy for morphine at 2.30 A. M., on May 18,
1912, pleaded with a man in a restaurant on Seventh Avenue[81] to purchase
some for her. The stranger with whom she was at the time, moved to pity at
her pleading, furnished the money. A bottle of morphine tablets was
hastily procured from a well-known pharmacy on Seventh Avenue. Snatching
the bottle from his hand, she concealed it in her stocking.[82]

The cigar store, the pool room, the coffee and cake restaurant, are the
favorite resorts of the pimps. Here they come to make deals for their
women, to receive telephone messages from their girls on the street or in
vice resorts, to plan "line ups"[83] when a "young chicken" is about to be
broken into the business, and to buy drugs for their girls and themselves.
It is common knowledge that here gangs are formed and arrangements for
robberies or other criminal acts made; here the spoils are divided; guns
are hidden when officers come to search, and men beaten who make a

The prostitute herself frequents the hairdressing and manicure parlors,
popular with her for two reasons: first, because here she makes herself
"beautiful" under the hands of the proprietor, and second, because through
the operator she learns of resorts where she may earn "better money." The
imparting of such information is a part of the hairdresser's trade. She is
the fount of knowledge on this subject; "swell" madames patronize her
place, urging her to send them attractive girls. If the right girls do not
come in, she advertises in the papers, using her "parlor" as a decoy. Her
husband--if she has one--may be a thrifty man who mingles with his wife's
customers, selling them attractive hats or suits, and other things, and
finally acting as their bail bondsman if they are arrested and brought to
court. At least one such husband has grown wealthy in the business.

Such a hairdressing and manicure parlor, for example, is conducted on
Sixth Avenue.[84] The woman caters only to prostitutes; and part of her
business is to find out if any of her customers are dissatisfied with
their present places or if they are not attached to any resort. In either
event, she offers to send them to find a place where they can earn more
money. One day a woman having her hair shampooed in this parlor actually
heard the proprietor send girls to different vice resorts. She advertises
in the daily press for help. For instance, on Saturday, April 6, 1912, a
daily paper contained the following advertisement under "Female Help

     "Hairdresser and manicure wanted, experienced. Apply ----, ---- Sixth

Pool rooms and cigar stores offer peculiar facilities for young boys of
the neighborhood to become acquainted with the life of the underworld.
Even before leaving school, boys often frequent them; soon some of them
join little cliques and gangs formed by the criminal element. They become
pickpockets or ordinary crooks. If endowed by nature with large muscles
and an instinct for fighting, they become preliminary boxers and gradually
develop into the gang members or political guerillas who do such valiant
service at the polls on primary or election day. From the ranks of these
the pimp is developed. As neighborhood boys they have little difficulty in
securing girls who, like themselves, are adventurous, or already immoral.
It therefore becomes easy either to trap a girl and ruin her, or to "break
in" the already immoral girl to a life of professional prostitution under

It is a strange fact, but it is true, that prostitutes often select young
men whom they see in front of pool rooms and cigar stores and actually
invite them to become their pimps and share the proceeds of their
business. A young boy about eighteen years of age was standing near the
entrance of a pool room on Second Avenue one hot afternoon in August,
1912, jauntily puffing a cigarette as a stranger passed with a man who had
lived in the neighborhood many years. "See that kid?" said the man. "A
young prostitute on the avenue has picked him out for her pimp. They grew
up together and both have gone on the bum. She was 'lined up' about a year
ago by a gang that 'hangs out' in a cigar store on East 14th Street. Since
then she has been a regular prostitute."

There is another group of miscellaneous places, different from those
referred to above, namely, the natural channels through which the varied
life of a great city passes. These are freely used by the prostitute.
Attention is called to them simply to emphasize the fact that wherever
groups of people meet for innocent pleasure or for business, there the
prostitute lingers to ply her trade. Such places include subway and
railway stations, hotel lobbies, entrances to department stores, ferry
slips, and post office buildings. Prostitutes find these crowded
thoroughfares excellent centers in which to solicit or to make "dates."
Pimps and procurers also frequent such places to "pick up" adventurous
girls who are alone or in pairs, out for pleasure or excitement.[86]


The streets of Manhattan are openly used by prostitutes for soliciting.
During the period of this investigation, street walking has been most
conspicuous in certain localities which may be roughly described as

Broadway, from West 27th to West 68th, and the side streets from West 26th
to West 64th;

Sixth Avenue, from West 16th to West 45th, and the side streets from West
25th to West 31st;

Seventh Avenue, from West 24th to West 42nd;

Columbus Avenue, from West 59th to West 66th;

Columbus and Eighth Avenues, from West 99th to West 125th;

Second Avenue, from East 8th to 9th, and between East 12th and East 14th;

Third Avenue, from East 9th to East 28th, and from East 99th to East
137th, and the side streets to Lexington Avenue;

Irving Place, from East 14th to East 15th;

Houston Street, on the lower East Side around Allen and Forsythe Streets.

Of all these thoroughfares, Broadway is most freely utilized for
soliciting. During the nights of March 7, 11, 14, 19, 20, and 21, 1912, at
the hours of 8.30 P. M., 9 P. M., 10 P. M., 11 P. M., 11 to 12 P. M.,
11.30 P. M., 12 A. M., 12.15 A. M., 12.30 A. M., 12.45 A. M., and 1.55 A.
M., eighty-four street walkers were seen accosting men at different places
on Broadway from West 34th to West 65th Streets. This number does not take
into account prostitutes who were merely promenading or those who were
lurking in the shadows of the side streets. Reports of a similar character
could be given for the months of April, May, June, July, August,
September, and October, 1912, showing that solicitation on Broadway was

Sixth Avenue is another favorite resort for street walkers. On September
17, 18, 23, 25, 26, and 28, 1912, at such hours as 4 P. M., 4.30 P. M.,
6.30 P. M., 7.15 P. M., and 8 to 9 P. M., fifty-five prostitutes were seen
soliciting men between West 24th and West 29th Streets. In most instances
the destination of these couples was hotels on two corners of West 28th
Street. The same general conditions as described regarding solicitation on
Broadway and Sixth Avenue exist in other sections of the city.[87]


No places of amusement are so filled with moral dangers to boys and girls
as certain public dance halls in New York City. A conviction to this
effect, long held, has been strengthened as a result of a thorough and
comprehensive investigation of 85 public dances given in 47 different
dance halls in Manhattan from January 24 to June 24, 1912. Ninety-six
reports were made of conditions in these dance halls by three
investigators, two young men and a young woman, who worked independently.
In some instances they reported on the same dance without knowing of the
presence of one another, thus removing all doubt regarding the facts as
presented. No special dances were selected for observation, the
investigators having been sent to those which were publicly advertised
from time to time.

Of 75 different dances reported between January 24 and June 24, only 5 are
characterized as decent; 11 were more or less objectionable, 59 wholly so.
At all but 3, intoxicating liquor was sold; at 61, minors were present; at
all but 2, the investigator concluded that the attendance was largely

A woman investigator reported 31 dances, at 22 of which she was solicited
by 53 men; men investigators, reporting 80 dances, were solicited 47 times
by 43 different women.

The proprietors of the dance halls in question have "open dates," on which
their halls may be rented by social clubs or other organizations for the
purpose of giving an "affair" or a "racket," as a ball is sometimes
called. There are hundreds of these clubs and organizations in New York
City, and the chief feature of the year's activity is the giving of a ball
which all the friends of the members are expected to attend. Their
membership lists are made up of cliques or gangs of young boys and men who
come together because of some mutual interest, sometimes for worthy
motives, but very often as a cover for disorderly and even criminal
purposes. Between some of these groups there is great rivalry, at times
leading to fights and disturbances.

The usual method of advertising dances is by distributing "throw aways" or
small colored cards on which are printed, not only the name of the group
giving the dance, but also the choruses of popular songs, parodies, or
verses. These latter intimate the character of the proposed frolic. They
all appeal to the sex interest, some being so suggestive that they are
absolutely indecent. During the progress of a dance in St. Mark's
Place,[88] a young girl, hardly above seventeen years of age, presented a
boy with a printed card advertising a ball soon to be held. When the card
is folded, it forms an obscene picture and title.

During the past few years aggressive measures have been taken by
different reform organizations aiming to bring about a more wholesome
atmosphere in connection with public dances, especially those attended by
poorer boys and girls. Proprietors have been induced to employ special
officers to attend the dances and keep order, prevent "tough" and
"half-time" dancing, and protect innocent girls from the advances of
undesirable persons. The duties of the special officer are difficult to
perform. If he interferes too much, the dancers go to some other place
where they enjoy more freedom. As a result, the honest proprietor who
endeavors to conduct a respectable hall loses patronage, while the
disreputable owner makes all the profit. Again, the young people who
attend these balls know immediately when a person different from
themselves appears in the hall. At once the dance becomes modest and
sedate and the visitor goes away to report "that while conditions are not
what they should be, yet on the whole there is great improvement."

A social club[89] gave a ball on the evening of March 23, 1912, at a
hall[90] in East 2nd Street. The dancing was very suggestive. The special
officer[91] was entertaining a police sergeant, but neither made any
effort to regulate the actions of the dancers. The next afternoon another
club[92] occupied the hall at the same address, with the same special
officer in attendance. Suddenly, when the dancing was in full swing, the
officer hurriedly rushed among the dancers and told them to "cut it out"
as three detectives had just come in and he did not want to see the place
closed up. A girl, apparently thirteen years of age, was dancing at the
time and the officer put her off the floor, loudly declaring that the
proprietor did not allow young girls to dance in the hall. Things resumed
their former aspect, however, as soon as the detectives retired.

Wine, whisky, and beer, freely sold in connection with certain public
dances, are responsible for much vulgarity and obscenity. Young girls have
been seen to yield themselves in wild abandon to their influence, and have
been carried half fainting to dark corners of the hall and there, almost
helpless, have been subjected to the most indecent advances.

A political organization gave a ball at a resort[93] in Avenue D, February
16, 1912. Wine, champagne and beer were sold from a bar located on the
north side of the hall or served at tables. The waiters were men, while
three women acted as bartenders. By actual count, one hundred girls and
boys were intoxicated. Many of the drunken girls were sitting in corners
of the hall on the laps of their equally intoxicated partners, who were
hugging and kissing them. The same conditions, with variations, have been
observed in other dance halls where liquor was served and where the
intermissions between the dances were extended so as to give all an
opportunity to buy drinks.

At a ball given by another organization[94] in an East 2nd Street
resort[95] on March 1, 1912, the dancing was exceedingly vulgar and
suggestive. A police officer watched the obscene exhibition in company
with the proprietor of the hall. After the officer left, a detective in
plain clothes and another officer in uniform came in. The proprietor
escorted them to the bar, where they were served. Then the host
entertained his guests by pointing out the girls whom he considered to be
the most adept; and the three men passed comments upon their cleverness.

A crowd of pimps, gamblers, pickpockets, and "strong arm guys" attended a
dance given on March 30, 1912.[96] Here a pimp named Daniel[97]
deliberately struck his girl in the face with his fist. She fell to the
floor and was carried to the dressing room covered with blood. The woman
investigator, who had been a nurse, took charge of the girl and summoned a
physician. A doctor[98] with an office in East 4th Street, sewed four
stitches in the girl's lip and charged her five dollars, which was to
include two future visits. The doctor offered the investigator fifteen
dollars to help him with a case that night, and five dollars extra if she
would accompany him to his room. Nor was this the only immoral
solicitation that the woman investigator was subjected to in order to get
the facts.

A man who was shot to death not long ago, a "gun man," gave a dance on
March 29, 1912, for his own benefit. It was a great event. "Three of the
foremost gamblers were present," a man proudly declared, and, with equal
pride further said that several madames of houses of prostitution and
their inmates were there also. The program of this dance is a veritable
directory of "gamblers," "gun men," "strong arm guys," pimps, doctors,
lawyers, and politicians. Some of the names are very familiar. They made a
motley crowd--all with mutual interests. Many in this remarkable
gathering came together and paid large admission fees at the door because
they feared the gambler who gave the dance.

The occasions above described are not utilized only by hardened
profligates: young girls, some perhaps innocent, others, if not entirely
innocent, at any rate not yet wholly depraved, and young men not yet
altogether vicious attend the gatherings in search of amusement and
change. Some of the girls who frequent these public dance halls reveal
their loose morals by their manners and actions, but many are innocent
working girls who seek legitimate recreation. The sinister element is the
pimp who attends with the coldblooded purpose of finding new subjects of
debauchery and of subsequent exploitation for gain. These agents of
commercialized vice are usually well-dressed, well-mannered, and introduce
themselves politely and easily to strangers. They often pretend love at
first sight and exhibit marked devotion, by which girls are deceived and
to which they too often yield. Clever subterfuges are sometimes employed:
a pretended drummer states that he has "sample shoes" or "sample dresses"
at his room: "If they fit, they are yours," he says. When the seduction of
the girls is accomplished, they are put on the street, and their ruin is
complete. These "powers that prey" are a constant danger in public dance
halls and find there easy quarry. The girls who refuse to be inveigled are
often so ostracized that they must unbend, if they wish to participate in
the fun. Dances and refreshments are withheld until the "wall-flower"
comes round. Examples can be cited: a model who earns $18 a week, one-half
of which she gives her father;[99] an embroidery worker,[100] making $10
a week; the head of stock in the shoe department of a Sixth Avenue
store;[101] a department store girl earning $6 a week.[102] With these
working women, pimps and professional prostitutes freely mingle. Forty
professional prostitutes were counted at one dance given on March 10,


In addition to the places already mentioned, the prostitute and her
exploiter take advantage of other opportunities to ply their trade. The
excursion boats between New York and Albany, Bridgeport, New Haven,
Providence, Block Island, etc., are often used for a rendezvous.
Occurrences of a highly suspicious character are abundant:

August 25, 1912, three couples left the boat bound for New Haven because
they could not secure rooms: this, in spite of the fact that it was a day
trip. On an excursion boat bound for Montauk Point on July 28, 1912, two
young couples occupied staterooms 19 and 21. The girls appeared to be
about eighteen years of age. Two girls, apparently seventeen years of age,
rented stateroom No. 11, where they remained all day and were visited by
four different men. When the boat returned to New York the girls went
ashore and boarded a car on East 23rd Street. One pretty little girl on
this excursion was accompanied by a woman who appeared to be her mother.
The girl became friendly and offered to make a "date" with the
investigator. She lives on DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn. There were two
others, living in Harlem, evidently working girls, who were also willing
to make "dates."

It is indeed a matter of common knowledge that professional prostitutes
make a practice of soliciting on excursion boats for immoral purposes. The
women make regular trips and have a business understanding with porters
and waiters, who aid in securing customers. On July 20, 1912, as the boat
for New Haven was about to leave the dock, two prostitutes who solicit in
a café on West 44th Street[104] came aboard. A street walker who solicits
on Broadway and has a home in the Bronx took the trip to New Haven on
August 25, 1912. Six prostitutes were soliciting young men on the trip to
Block Island on August 11, 1912, one of them formerly an inmate in a house
of prostitution in West 47th Street.[105] Her companion solicits on
Broadway. These girls said they had rooms in a Block Island hotel,[106]
where they invited the men to meet them.

Some of the waiters and porters on these boats act as solicitors for
prostitutes. A colored porter[107] on a boat running to Block Island,
August 11, 1912, said there were many couples on board having immoral
relations. He offered to introduce two men to two girls. On August 8,
1912, a colored porter on a boat for Providence, Rhode Island, told a man
that a "wise young girl" occupied stateroom No. 68, and that she would
receive men. Robert,[108] a waiter on one of them, declared that immoral
conditions were most flagrant on the Sunday trips. He described in detail
the actions of couples in the staterooms when he served them drinks.

Amusement parks are similarly abused. Seven such parks in the vicinity of
New York City were visited during the summer of 1912, and vicious
conditions were found to exist to a greater or less extent in all of them.
In the drinking places prostitutes sit on the stage in short skirts and
sing and dance for the entertainment of men and boys drinking at the
tables. The girls are paid very low salaries, and therefore depend upon
making extra money from prostitution. The waiters aid in securing
customers and receive commissions from the girls on the stage for this
service. In some concert halls the girls have signs which they use to
indicate the time they are free to leave the stage or the price they
require. If they succeed in persuading a man to buy wine in the balcony of
the hall, they receive a commission on the sale. In the winter time some
of these prostitutes join burlesque shows or continue to carry on their
immoral business otherwise in the city.

An investigator visited a concert hall connected with an amusement park on
Long Island, July 23, 1912. There were eighteen girls seated on the stage
in short skirts, the majority of them intoxicated; in their wild efforts
to entertain the crowd of men and boys they exposed their persons.
Twenty-five girls sing and dance in a concert hall at another popular
amusement park. They are divided into two shifts, each shift working a
stated number of hours during the afternoon and night. One of the singers
was recognized by a man who had seen her in a house of prostitution in a
city in Pennsylvania; one of her companions solicits for immoral purposes
on Broadway. Many of these concert halls and similar places are connected
with the hotels to which the entertainers take their customers. A very
notorious hotel of this character[109] adjoins a disreputable concert hall
in an amusement park on Staten Island.

The conditions in dance halls in connection with certain amusement parks
are similar to those described under the heading "Public Dance Halls."
Here young and thoughtless working girls and boys often yield themselves
to the degrading influence of liquor and suggestive dancing; and here also
are found the prostitutes and their pimps.

In reference to public parks, it may be stated that the police force is
entirely inadequate to their proper surveillance. Shocking occurrences by
the score are reported in Central and other parks by different
investigators under the date of July 15, August 5, July 20, July 12, etc.
Not infrequently boys and girls of sixteen and seventeen are involved in
these affairs,--and cases implicating still younger children are reported.
The benches in certain sections of Central Park, between 10 P. M. and 1 A.
M., presented a most demoralizing spectacle to the observation of every
one who walked through the Park during the months of July and



The present investigation has established the fact that the business of
prostitution in New York City is exploited and, for the most part,
controlled by men, though women are also involved. The names and addresses
of over 500 men so engaged have been secured, together with personal
descriptions and the records of many of them. Some are owners, others,
procurers, the rest mainly cadets or pimps,--younger men who have a single
girl, at times a "string" of girls, "working" for them on the street or in
houses. The woman exploiter is at times, herself a proprietor; usually,
however, she is employed by men on a salary to operate a resort.


The men proprietors have reached their present vocation by many paths.
They have been wrestlers, prize-fighters, gamblers, "politicians,"
proprietors of "creep houses,"[111] fruit venders, pawnbrokers,
pickpockets, crooks, peddlers, waiters, saloonkeepers, etc. Some of them
pose as "business men," carrying cards and samples, to serve as a
subterfuge when they are arrested as vagrants or for living off the
proceeds of prostitution. Not a few, however, without concealment, devote
their entire time and energy to managing parlor houses and other resorts
of prostitution. Some of the latter own a business outright; others have
partners who share in the profits. One man, for instance, conducts a house
with from fifteen to twenty-five inmates, and, in addition, has an
interest in several other ventures of the same character. In some cases
the firm is a family affair, including brothers, brothers-in-law, uncles,
and cousins.

For several years thirty one-dollar houses of prostitution in the
Tenderloin have been operated as a "combine," under the direct control of
fifteen or more men. The individuals in question have been in business for
many years in New York City, as well as in other cities both in this
country and abroad. They buy and sell shares in these houses among
themselves, and it is seldom that an outsider, unless he be a relative,
can "break" into the circle and share in the profits. The value of the
shares depends upon the ability of the owners to maintain conditions in
which the houses, being unmolested, are permitted to make large profits.
The man who proves himself capable of achieving this through business
sagacity and political pull is called the "king." Upon him falls the
responsibility of "seeing" the "right" individuals.

Owners follow the trend of public sentiment with a keenness and foresight
truly remarkable. If a new official indicates by orders or by sentiments
expressed in public that he is in favor of an "open town," there is great
rejoicing among the promoters. Agitation in the opposite direction reacts
on the value of their properties: prices drop and there is a scramble to
"get under cover." If spasmodic efforts at reform are made, the more
prominent owners meet in council with their lawyers and solemnly discuss
what their policy should be. If their houses are closed, they still keep
on paying rent, ready to open again--when a favorable word comes or when
the moral outbreak subsides. For the owner has no faith in reformers.
"They get tired and quit"; "all this will blow over"; "they are sick of it
already";--such are his reflections as he recalls past experiences.

The majority of men exploiters of prostitution in New York City are
foreigners by birth. Some of them have been seducers of defenseless women
all their lives. In one instance, at least, a whole family is engaged in
the business,--the parents[112] conduct a restaurant, which is a "hangout"
for pimps, procurers, crooks, and prostitutes; the daughters are
prostitutes, the two sons, pimps and procurers. The father and mother are
constantly on the lookout for girls whom their sons may ruin and exploit
on the street or in houses. Another family[113] has already been referred
to as conducting a delicatessen store in Seventh Avenue: they occupy the
upper floors as their dwelling; the shop below is the favorite rendezvous
of owners, madames, procurers, pimps, and prostitutes. The children of
this family, one a girl just reaching womanhood, mingle freely with them.
The father keeps an eye on the handsome procurers who talk with his
children; though he listens daily to their schemes for securing women and
girls he would "cut to pieces" any man among them who attempted to defile
his own daughters.

The owners in question did not all come directly to America. Some of them
drifted to other parts of Europe with young girls whom they had secured in
the small towns or cities of their own countries. South Africa was a
favorite destination--especially Johannesburg. Many, going thither during
the Boer War, are reputed to have made large profits from their business
with soldiers as customers. The authorities, however, beat them with whips
and drove them from the cities. They fled to South America and then to
North America. Their trail of seduction and corruption may be traced
through Argentine, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, Alaska, and the large cities of
our own country--San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Butte, Denver,
Omaha, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburg, Philadelphia; finally they realize
their hopes in New York City. Here they have made a center, and from this
center they go back over the old trail from time to time.

If a composite photograph could be made of typical owners of vice resorts,
it would show a large, well-fed man about forty years of age and five
feet, eight inches, in height. His clothes are the latest cut, loud in
design, and carefully pressed. A heavy watch chain adorns his waistcoat, a
large diamond sparkles in a flashy necktie, and his fat, chubby fingers
are encircled with gold and diamond rings.

On April 6, 1912, a group of owners were parading up and down Seventh
Avenue in front of the above-mentioned delicatessen store, discussing
"business." They were all dressed in their best and looked prosperous.
One, a large man with a black mustache, wore a very fine English suit and
a hat which was said to have cost eight dollars. A large diamond ring
sparkled on his fat hand, a diamond horse shoe pin flashed in his tie, and
a charm set with precious stones hung from a heavy gold watch chain. His
brother-in-law, part owner with him of a house of prostitution in West
25th Street,[114] was also dressed in the height of fashion,--a smart
suit, a black derby hat, and patent leather pumps. A third partner
presented an equally dignified appearance. There were eight other owners
in the group, making a very imposing appearance as they eagerly waited to
talk over matters of "business" with the representative of the "boss,"--a
certain official who, as the men claimed, was on this day to send word
whether or not the owners could proceed with their nefarious business.

The "king"[115] of this set has the reputation of being able to "see" the
right persons; when a member is "in wrong" or wants to open a house, the
"king" must first be consulted. The "king" is interested in eleven houses
of prostitution--of some of which he is the sole owner; each establishment
contains an average of about fifteen inmates. He supports two notorious
women,[116] who serve as madames, each jealous of every attention bestowed
by him on the other. Many years ago he was a soldier in Russia, where he
ruined a young girl whom he afterwards took to South Africa. Since that
time she has earned thousands of dollars for him. He brought her to this
country and traveled with her from city to city until finally he settled
in New York, where he has since built up a prosperous business and gained
an "influential" position.

Among the others are two brothers who combine the business of exploiting
prostitution with that of selling diamonds. They are noted for their
ability to outwit the law, for they openly declare that they can buy their
way out of any trial. Besides their houses, they have conducted pool
parlors and restaurants, and one of them has the reputation of being a
"fence," or receiver of stolen goods. The history of these two men
illustrates the manner in which pimps develop into proprietors. When they
first came to America about twenty years ago, they found employment on a
peddler's wagon. Soon after, one of them ruined a fifteen-year old girl
who was born on Broome Street, New York City. For seven years subsequently
she was his woman, earning money for him on the street and in houses. The
other brother, not to be outdone, also secured a girl and became a pimp.
Later they were both employed as watchboys about houses of prostitution.
Being ambitious, they were soon operating regular houses on Allen Street,
which at that time was part of the old Red Light District in Manhattan.
Here they prospered for a number of years, though in the end they were
driven from the East Side. With four women they then went to Boston, where
they opened a house. Apprehended there, they "jumped their bail" and
returned to their former haunts in New York. Their old enemy had
evidently lost his power; for the brothers were allowed to continue in
business. After the closing of the district, the scene of their business
ventures was transferred to Buffalo during the Exposition of 1901. Driven
thence, they went to St. Louis, where they soon owned houses, saloons, and
gambling places. Ex-Governor Folk was District Attorney in St. Louis at
that time and the brothers were among those who fell into his net. One
brother, known as the "King of White Chapel," that being the Red Light
District, was indicted on several counts for felonies and misdemeanors.
The other brother and one of his women[117] were also indicted. The
enterprising pair secured bail, which they immediately forfeited, and,
leaving all their wealth behind, began to roam from place to place with
their women. One went to Havana, and one to Pittsburg; driven from
Pittsburg, the latter soon joined his brother in Havana. From Havana the
two men and their women went to South Africa and settled in Johannesburg.
Here once more they made a large sum of money. The authorities seized one
of the brothers and sentenced him to jail; on the expiration of his term,
he was whipped and ordered out of the city. The brothers then went to
Vienna, to London, and from London sailed to New York City. When they
returned to the city of their early business success, they opened a house
of prostitution on West 34th Street in company with a man who had just
returned from South Africa. For a year they prospered. When the former
District Attorney of St. Louis, who had since become Governor, learned of
their presence in this country, he secured their extradition. The brothers
took $25,000 to St. Louis with them and not long afterwards returned to
New York entirely penniless. No wonder the elder and more crafty of the
two brothers declares that the law cannot touch them! No wonder, when he
is intoxicated, he strikes his chest and shouts defiance to the law!
During all these vicissitudes one of his women[118] remained loyal. She is
known among the owners of houses all over the country as the "best money
getter" in the world. When her owner was "broke" and in sore distress, she
put him on his feet again. She is his woman to-day.

The instances cited are by no means exceptional. Prostitution has become a
business, the promoters of which continually scan the field for a location
favorable to their operations; and the field is the entire civilized
world. No legitimate enterprise is more shrewdly managed from this point
of view; no variety of trade adjusts itself more promptly to conditions,
transferring its activities from one place to another, as opportunities
contract here and expand there. The keeper of a disorderly saloon[119]
finds himself hampered in Chicago: he migrates to New York to become part
owner of a Sixth Avenue resort.[120] Raided in Philadelphia, another[121]
goes first to Pittsburg, thence to this city, where he purchases an
interest in a West 25th Street[122] establishment. The former owner[123]
of places in St. Louis and Omaha is now part owner in two houses[124] on
this same street. Still another[125] was in the business successively in
Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, and Los Angeles. One of the
partners[126] in a resort in West 36th Street[127] has at different times
had houses in Portland, Seattle, Brazil, Argentine, and London.
Another[128] is simultaneously interested in houses in this city[129] and
in Norfolk, Virginia. The part owner[130] of a notorious place on Sixth
Avenue[131] has conducted houses of prostitution in St. Louis, Buffalo,
and Johannesburg, South Africa, and has traveled all over the world in the
business of exploiting prostitution.[132]


While keepers of houses are also procurers, there is a group of men who
devote themselves singly to this work. These are the typical "white
slavers," whose trade depends entirely upon the existence of houses of
prostitution. To this point we shall in a moment recur in connection with
women promoters of prostitution. For the present I desire simply to
emphasize the fact that the procurer has practically no chance to ply his
trade unless there are houses of prostitution from which he can accept
orders and to which he can dispose of "goods." The successful procurer as
well as the pimp, to be next described, boasts that, once a girl comes
under his influence, she will do anything for him. No matter how ugly or
repulsive outwardly, he holds his women. One of the most active procurers
in the city is short, heavy, and humpbacked.[133] He has the reputation of
being even more successful than a competitor[134] who is handsome,
athletic, and well-dressed. The former has been apprehended in other
cities on the charge of procuring, once serving two and a half years in
Philadelphia under an assumed name.[135] To-day he walks the streets of
New York City, a free man, unmolested.

Procurers frequent entrances to factories and department stores, or walk
the streets at night striking up acquaintance with girls who are alone and
looking for adventure. They select a girl waiting on a table in a
restaurant, or at the cashier's desk, and gradually make her acquaintance.
They attend steamboat excursions, are found at the sea shore and amusement
parks, in moving picture shows, at the public dance halls,--in fact,
wherever girls congregate for business or for pleasure. They choose with
almost unerring judgment the type of girl who may be pliable to their

At 5 P. M., on March 14, 1912, six procurers[136] stood on the corner of
27th Street and Sixth Avenue waiting for the shop and factory girls to
pass by on their way going home from work. For one hour the investigator
watched these men and saw them endeavoring to attract the attention of
several girls. At last two of them[137] succeeded in interesting two
girls, who accompanied them.

On Sunday, June 23, 1912, a group of procurers[138] went to a certain
seashore resort. On the beach they were joined by a notorious procurer,
then employed as a life saver.[139] He greeted his comrades with the
words: "Ich hob' frisch' Schore" (I have fresh goods.) The group then put
on their bathing suits and went into the surf. After a while they missed
one of their number,[140] whom they finally found with a young girl
apparently eighteen years of age: she was the "fresh goods,"--the object
of the "line up," as it afterwards developed.


The pimp or cadet as he is commonly called, has not yet developed into a
professional procurer or keeper of a house of prostitution. While all
procurers and owners of houses are in reality pimps, the converse is not
always true: all pimps are not procurers, though they may hope to be some

The pimp enters the business when he either ruins a young girl for his
future profit or becomes the lover and protector of a prostitute already
in the business. As the future pimp grows up in a crowded neighborhood, he
becomes a member of a gang and, as such, is admired by some reckless girl
in the vicinity. Proud of her acquaintance with him, she shares the spoils
resulting from his petty thieving and other escapades. Very early in
their career the two begin to have immoral relations, not only with each
other, but with different boys and girls of their own kind. They have
never had moral standards in any proper sense of the term. The large
majority of boys who become pimps and seducers of girls and the large
majority of girls who become prostitutes were at the start not immoral,
but unmoral. Later the boy drifts to the pool parlor or gambling room for
his recreation and companionship, the girl to public dance halls and
similar places of amusement. Many of these girls are already clandestine
prostitutes, secretly carrying on the business of prostitution while at
the same time engaged in some legitimate employment "just to keep up a
respectable appearance." Under the pimp's influence and suggestion the
girl finally "breaks" away from her secret immoral life and becomes a
"regular." The pimp shows her the way, provides places for her to solicit
or "hustle" on the street or in the vice resort. He attends to the
business arrangements, even to the collection of her money, though when
she is "well broke," he allows her to collect her own money and give it to
him. Some pimps beat their women, on the principle that that is the only
way to make them fear and love them. This may seem a paradox; but it is
indeed true that many prostitutes do not believe their lovers care for
them unless they "beat them up" occasionally.

The psychology of the relation of prostitute to pimp is a complicated one,
difficult for the normal individual to understand. In the cases above
alluded to, boy and girl have been comrades, the boy lording it over the
girl until she submits to being his property. But there are prostitutes,
apparently quite able to stand alone, who deliberately select a pimp; if
they cease to be satisfied with him, he is discharged and a successor
taken. Why should a prostitute of either kind desire a pimp? There are
many reasons: the pimp is her business agent in dealing with owners, hotel
keepers, etc.; he is her "go-between," if she gets into "trouble" with the
law; her companion, for she is lonely after the night's business;
but--most important of all--her lover--one person who seems to care for
her as a human being, whether he does or not, and for whom she does
herself really care. A spark of affection lives at the heart of this
ghastly relation.

In her relation to the pimp, as well as to the house madame, the
prostitute is not infrequently to all intents and purposes a white slave.
For the pimp, like the madame, subjects her in many cases completely to
his will and command. This does not mean that the girl is necessarily
imprisoned behind locked doors and barred windows. But restraint may be
thoroughly effective, even though not actually or mainly physical.
Uneducated, with little or no comprehension of her legal rights or of the
powers which could be invoked to aid her, often an immigrant or at least a
stranger, she is soon cowed by the brute to whom she has mistakenly
attached herself. Should she make an effort to break away, she is pursued
and hemmed in by the concerted efforts of her cadet and his associates. As
a rule, however, pimps are skilful enough to play for and to obtain the
sentimental loyalty of their women; so that the prostitute herself becomes
the greatest obstacle to her own freedom and rehabilitation.

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pimps in New York City. During
this investigation scores of their names and personal descriptions have
been accumulated, as well as those of their women. One of the best
known[141] is a "life-taker" and "strong arm guy," a dangerous fellow,
twenty-two years old, who has been repeatedly arrested as a consequence of
his quarrels. A "pipe fiend" and gambler, his favorite occupation is
"stuss." At elections he has his own "mob" who work at the polls for
corrupt politicians. His girl is a slim, bleached blonde, "good for $100
to $150 a week on the street," it is said.

On June 26, 1912, five pimps were playing cards in a restaurant on Seventh
Avenue. The day was very hot. During the afternoon the girl[142] who is
"hustling" for one of them[143] came into the restaurant wearing a heavy
velvet suit. The wife of the proprietor asked: "What are you doing,
wearing a suit like that in this kind of weather?" She replied that though
she was bringing home eight, ten, and twelve dollars every night, she
could not afford a new dress. "He needs it for gambling," she said,
pointing to her pimp. Leaving the table in anger he deliberately slapped
her in the face: "Didn't you pay $32 for that suit?" he said. "What more
do you want?"

Another[144] frequents a restaurant in Second Avenue.[145] He is
twenty-nine years of age, smooth shaven, with a scar on his face. Before
he became a pimp he was known as a "pool room shark." He smokes opium,
snuffs cocaine, and plays stud poker. With men of his kind he is not very
popular: they declare that he cannot tell the truth, that for a "shell of
hop" he would kill a dozen Chinamen, and for a nickel would "frame up" his
best friend. "Just an ordinary, every day, common pimp," they say,--"can't
borrow a dollar and lives on nothing but the money his woman earns."

Hearing of places where business is better, owners and pimps ship their
"goods" about in hope of larger profits. The women remit their earnings,
even if separated hundreds of miles. For example, Fanny, a woman belonging
to a notorious pimp,[146] formerly solicited on Third Avenue. A year or
more ago Fanny was brought into court, charged with street walking. She
was sentenced to not less than three months nor more than five; after a
month she was released, according to her pimp, who declared that it had
cost him $500 in lawyers' fees, etc. Thereupon he sent Fanny to Butte,
Montana, whence at the end of one week she sent him $150. On June 21,
1912, the pimp complained that Fanny was then sending him only $150 per
month. He was sure that she was "holding out on him," for he knew that she
made at least $100 a week.

Sophia, belonging to an equally well-known cadet,[147] whose own parents
try to secure women for him, reached New York from New Orleans late in
June, 1912. Her pimp and her brother met her at the station. To the
former's utter surprise she declared that she was "through" with him. A
quarrel ensued; the pimp was worsted and had to abandon his claim to the
girl,--one of the occasional cases, already referred to, in which the girl
throws over her pimp.


The women who run houses have as a rule risen from the ranks. They were
once street walkers or parlor house inmates who possess unusual business
talents. They have learned the secrets of the trade; they know the kind of
inmates to get, and where to get them. They know how to deal with
customers and how to make them spend money.

It takes a woman of tact and force to operate a house with from fifteen to
twenty-five inmates competing with one another on a commission basis. She
must keep them contented, prevent quarrels, and stifle petty jealousies.
She must attach as many of them to the house as she can and keep them
loyal. To do this the madame seeks to become the adviser and friend of the
girls, while at the same time she drives them to the utmost to earn larger
profits for the house. It is not uncommon for the girls as well as the
customers to call her "mother." Strange as it may seem, some men marry
these women and find them devoted wives.

All of the thirty cheap resorts referred to in a previous chapter as
belonging to men are managed by madames and housekeepers who are either
their wives or their women. These women attend to all the details
connected with the business. They receive customers, "show off the girls,"
urge visitors to spend money, collect money, punch checks, sell liquor,
keep the books, and settle up with the boss: when the houses are raided or
an arrest has to be made they are the ones to go to jail. The large
majority of them were born in foreign countries. They have had years of
experience in operating houses in many cities of North and South America,
as well as in foreign lands, especially South Africa. The loyalty
displayed by them toward the men who employ them has become a tradition.
Year after year, through adversity and prosperity they have followed their
masters and obeyed their will. Beaten, exploited, infected, jailed, they
still remain steadfast. Very rarely can one of them be persuaded to
testify in a court of law against her master. A striking example is
furnished by a woman[148] who came under the influence of her master[149]
when she was a child of fifteen and was living with her parents in a
distant country, where he had seduced her. At 9 P. M., on June 27, 1912,
she came into a restaurant where her man was playing cards and upbraided
him because he had purchased an automobile and placed it at the disposal
of another one of his madames, neglecting her. She called him vile names
and declared that she would go to the police and "squeal" on him. She told
how for fifteen years she had earned money for him, and all she had to
show for it was a furnished room to sleep in and a diamond ring, while he
put his other woman in a "swell" apartment. "I've been cut to pieces for
you," she wailed, "I've been your slave for fifteen years and now you
turn me down for that wench." She had hardly concluded her tirade when her
man rose from his chair and struck her brutally in the face with his fist.
She reeled as though about to fall, then cowering before him left the
place weeping. She did not "squeal" to the police.

When a man owner employs either his wife, woman or a housekeeper to
operate his house, it is understood that she shall be the one to suffer
punishment in case of arrest. In order to avoid punishment, men who rent
houses for these purposes sub-let them to the women, who are then held as
the responsible parties. When arrest or eviction comes, and the madame is
sent to jail or dispossessed, the real proprietor again sub-lets his house
to another woman. This fact explains why the arrests for conducting houses
of prostitution do not result in diminishing to any extent the number of
such resorts. On June 24, 1912, a keeper had a sub-lease drawn up for a
house and inserted the name of Anna,[150] the prospective madame who was
to "stand for" the arrest or eviction notice, should there be one. On
March 31, 1912, "Joe"[151] said that he was paying $85 per month to his
landlord and $25 per month as a bonus to the agent for his house of
prostitution in West 28th Street.[152] The landlord[153] is reputed to be
a wealthy business man,--"a fine fellow," said Joe, "he is now fighting a
dispossession notice for me. It is understood between us that if I can't
beat it, I can sub-let the house to another woman and charge her a bigger
rent. Later, when we get another notice, I can say, 'All right, I will
dispossess this woman.' Then I can get another. It's no joke to run a
house, believe me. The women are sent to jail. My wife got sixty days for
running this house the other day. That arrest will cost me $300 for her
alone. Now the women have started a new game. In case one gets three
months, we have to give her $500 to keep her mouth shut." On March 11,
1912, a partner[154] in a house of prostitution in West 24th Street[155]
was describing his fortunes as a keeper of houses in New York City during
the past fifteen years. Among other things he said, "My housekeeper got
three months last week, and I am paying her $5 a day for every day she is
in jail."

Not a few of these madames have been arrested in different countries and
cities as "gun mols" (pickpockets). That is part of their training, and
the robberies they commit add many dollars to the incomes of the men who
have put them in the business. A customer who enters their houses in an
intoxicated condition is often robbed of everything of value. If he
remonstrates he is told by the police to swear out a warrant for the woman
he suspects and appear as a witness against her. It is not often a man
will do this under the circumstances.

The women who operate houses on their own account belong to a rather
different type: their establishments are almost always pretentious. Born,
as a rule, in this country or in France, they make a show of elegance and
refinement. Their houses are elaborately furnished and they and their
"boarders" appear in stylish gowns, and endeavor to interest their guests
by affecting a knowledge of art or music or literature. Many of them
openly boast of influential and prominent friends, on whose good offices
they can rely in emergencies.

In either case the housekeeper earns money not only from the customers of
the house, but from the inmates. Theoretically the inmates receive
one-half of all the money they take in. This is not actually the case.
They are indeed fortunate if they receive any money at all after weeks of
service. At most, they obtain from fifteen to twenty per cent instead of
fifty per cent. Sometimes, as the first step in the process of
exploitation, the madame tries to induce the girl to give up her pimp, in
order that she may have her more directly under control. Having attached
the girl to herself, she sells her all sorts of things: coats, suits,
dresses, kimonos, chemises, underwear, hosiery, shoes, hats, gloves,
feathers, plumes, combs, hairpins, toilet articles, silver meshbags,
watches and rings. Hundreds of girls are thus preyed upon. Not
infrequently, however, it happens that madames prefer that their girls
keep their pimps, because such girls are made to work harder by the aid of
the latter. As the madames and pimps divide the gains of the unfortunate
creatures, their interests usually agree and they unite to exploit their
common property.

The articles mentioned in the preceding paragraph are not infrequently
described as stolen goods, brought to the houses by peddlers who are hired
to dispose of them by crooks and shoplifters. A pimp and procurer[156] was
in a resort[157] on the third floor of a house on West 58th Street[158]
on June 15, 1912, trying to sell the madame several pairs of silk hose, to
be sold in turn to the inmates. The stockings were frankly admitted to be
stolen goods which had been turned over to him by a shoplifter[159] who is
a member of a 14th Street gang and is known as a "strong arm guy." On
March 28, 1912, about 8 P. M., a young crook[160] came into a restaurant
in Seventh Avenue[161] and exhibited a dress which he declared he had
stolen from a prominent store.[162] The dress was marked $18.29. It did
not fit any of the madames who were in the restaurant at the time. Finally
he sold the dress to the madame[163] of a house in West 25th Street[164]
for $10. She in turn disposed of it to one of her inmates for $35. The
notorious madame[165] of a house in West 25th Street[166] had fifty
chemises on March 25, 1912, which she had purchased from a peddler,[167]
giving him $31 for the lot. "I am selling these to the girls for $6, $7,
and $8 apiece," she said. "If I bought them in a store they would cost
$2.75 apiece; but what is the difference whether I get it or the pimp gets

"I never allow a girl to get down to owing me less than $5," said another
madame. "When she is as nearly out of debt as that, I send for Sam the
peddler and suggest that she buy some clothes and toilet articles. There's
Ruth,--just watch her when she comes in. I dressed her up the way you
will see her; the dress cost me $20. She paid me $70 for it."

The procuress may be dealt with in this same connection. Like the madame
she has, as a rule, become too old to find prostitution itself any longer
a profitable business; but native shrewdness and plausibility enable her
to turn her experience to account as a pandar. I have already spoken of
men procurers; but the woman procurer is even more insidious. She meets
young girls in private rooms, talks to them in public places, invites them
to her home without arousing suspicion. As a woman she knows many avenues
of approach closed to men, and is quick to sympathize with discouraged or
vain girls.

One of the best procuresses in New York City operates as a sort of
employment agent, receiving a commission from immoral girls for finding
profitable houses for them to work in. In this way she supplies the
cheaper grade of houses, the girls paying her from $2 to $5 commission,
according to the character of the house to which she sends them.
Another,[168] also the madame of a house in West 38th Street,[169] goes to
France to secure girls for her exclusive $5 and $10 house. On June 6,
1912, eight inmates were counted in her establishment, several of whom
were young French girls who could speak little or no English. One of them
told a stranger that she had not been in this country very long. On July
17, 1912, at about 7 P. M., a madame was asked[170] whether she could use
three girls just brought from Vancouver, British Columbia. Betsy, the
madame, said she could not, but pointed with her finger to two men
owners[171] of a house in West 28th Street.[172] One of them asked the
woman what the girls looked like. The procuress indicated that they were
well built, young, and pretty. The man cautiously advised the woman to
take the girls somewhere and "green them out."[173]

The close and essential connection between the white slave traffic and
houses of prostitution is clearly exhibited by the foregoing instances.
Houses of prostitution cannot exist except through trafficking in women.
Prostitutes who live scattered through the city may earn money for their
pimps; but traffic in scattered prostitutes is practically impossible. As
soon as houses are set up, an opportunity for trade is created. The
proprietors give specific orders to the procurer--for young girls, for
innocent girls, for blondes, for brunettes, for slender women, for stout
women. And the procurer fills the order, resorting to every possible
device in the effort to do so,--to deceit, misrepresentation,
intoxication, "doping," or what not. The white slave traffic is thus not
only a hideous reality, but a reality almost wholly dependent on the
existence of houses of prostitution.




The professional prostitute, in the sense in which the term is here used,
is the woman or girl who sells herself for money, whether for her own
pecuniary benefit, or under the direction or control of owners of vice
resorts, of madames, procurers, or pimps. There has been much speculation
as to the number of such women in New York City. Various estimates have
been made from time to time, ranging from 25,000 to 100,000. A recent
estimate places the number at 30,000.

At the beginning of this investigation, it was determined to count all
women who were believed to be professional prostitutes seen in connection
with resorts of all kinds in Manhattan, as well as those who used the
streets for solicitation. Although these resorts were visited two or more
times, only one count made on one visit is included in the total. As a
result of this method, adhered to throughout the entire period of the
study, _i. e._, from January 24th, 1912, to November 15th, 1912, the
number of professional prostitutes actually counted was 14,926. Of this
number, 6,759 were found on the streets in different localities in
Manhattan; 8,167 prostitutes were seen and counted in parlor houses,
resorts in tenement apartments, disorderly massage parlors, hotels,
saloons, concert halls, and miscellaneous places.[174] Not all the vice
resorts operating in Manhattan were visited; nor were all the women in
these resorts seen during the visits: a certain number of repetitions
would thus probably be more than offset. On the basis of the foregoing
figures, it is safe to say that a total in round numbers of 15,000 does
not overstate the number of professional prostitutes in Manhattan. This
estimate does not include occasional or clandestine prostitutes; it
includes those only who publicly offer themselves for sale in the open

An effort was made to ascertain the salient facts in the personal history
of 1,106 prostitutes--mostly street walkers. The approximate accuracy or
truthfulness of the facts stated may be inferred from the extent to which
they are confirmed by Miss Davis's intensive study of the inmates of
Bedford Reformatory.[175] Our investigator was a woman who was regarded as
extraordinarily successful in winning the confidence of the girls, with
whom she associated on easy and familiar terms, and by whom she was
regarded as one of themselves. Of the 1,106 women thus interrogated, 762
gave America as their native land; 347 gave New York State as their
birthplace; 95 were born in Pennsylvania, 63 in New Jersey, 35 in Ohio, 26
in Connecticut. Of the 344 born in foreign countries, 107 came from
Russia, 72 from Germany, 35 from Austria-Hungary, and 32 from England and
Scotland. Their previous occupations include domestic service, trade,
industry, commerce, stenography, school teaching. Those who are arrested
come mainly from the class first named, thus confirming the results
obtained by Miss Mary Conyngton, an investigator for the Department of
Labor at Washington, who declares that out of 3,229 women arrested for
offenses against the law, 2,606, or 80.71 per cent claim to have followed
the ordinary pursuits of women "within and outside the home."[176] But, it
must be added, the majority of those now engaged in prostitution seldom
reach the Night Court or rescue homes. They are too well-dressed, too
clever, and have long since learned the art of escaping the hand of the
law. Of the women at large interrogated, 487 gave their occupational
history; of these, it is not surprising to find that the percentage of
domestic servants is lower than among 168 girls found in rescue homes,
refuges and asylums. Of the 487, there were 117 who stated that they had
been or were employed in department stores; 28 were clerks in smaller
stores; 72 had worked in factories; 25 gave office work; 31 said they had
been or were then stenographers; 9 telephone operators; 72 had been on the
stage, and 16 of these still remained in this occupation during the
theatrical season; 13 declared they had been milliners; 8 were school
teachers; 4 were trained nurses; 5 had sold books on commission; 4 were
artists; 2 artists' models; and 1 was a translator. Seventy-nine of the
487 gave home pursuits as their former occupation; 27 of these said they
had been domestic servants; 8 were nurse girls, 17 were dressmakers, 18
were waitresses and 9 chambermaids. Five hundred and eighteen (over half)
represented themselves as without regular employment, either before or
after they became prostitutes and 101 refused to say what their employment
had been.

The types of employment appear to be much more varied than the types of
girl. With few exceptions, the girls are characterized as weak, vain and
ignorant, fond of pleasure,--not, of course, at the beginning, necessarily
vicious pleasure,--easily led,--now by natural emotion, again by cunning
design. The explanation of her present plight as given by the girl is
almost invariably complicated. No single reason can usually be assigned.
Roughly speaking, four kinds of causes are mentioned:

  First.   In connection with family life.
  Second.  In connection with married life.
  Third.   Personal reasons.
  Fourth.  Economic reasons.

The great difficulties in their family life seem to have been neglect and
abuse by parents, sternness and lack of understanding, immorality of
different members of the family, and poverty in the home. In connection
with marriage, it was usually alleged that the husband persuaded the wife
to go into the business: he was practically a pimp. Sometimes, cruelty or
criminality on his part is assigned,--again, incompatibility, failure to
provide, or desertion where the wife stated that she had no other
recourse, never having learned to support herself. Of personal reasons,
there are usually several, no one of which can be regarded as paramount.
Sometimes a girl's lover puts her into the life or deserts her after
seduction, leaving her without hope for the future: "I was ruined anyway,"
she would say, "and I did not care what became of me." Again, "I loved the
excitement and a good time, easy money and good clothes." Another one
remarks, "I was born bad and actually enjoy the life." "I was tired of
drudgery as a servant," said another, "I'd rather do this than be kicked
around like a dog in a kitchen by some woman who calls herself a lady."
Few girls ever admit that they have been forced into the life as "white
slaves." Some were lonely and wanted company, some were demoralized by the
environment of the stage; others fell into bad company, and did not have
the moral courage or the opportunity to desist. Generally speaking, of
girls and women who are either ignorant, lonely, giddy, sub-normal,
loveless, childless, rebellious, weak of will, discouraged of heart,
unhappy or poverty-stricken, the prostitutes are those who at critical
periods have given way to such an extent that they drift or plunge into
immoral lives, professional or otherwise.

The same sort of explanation is given regardless of former occupation: "I
was glad to get away from drudgery," says a former servant, "father drank
and I was put out to work too young"; "my folks were poor, father died
from drink, mother is a heavy drinker," says a factory girl; "I had never
had anything for myself, father drank heavily," says a saleswoman. Or,
again,--a factory worker, "there is more money and pleasure in being a
sport." A shop-girl, "I wanted nice clothes and a good time"; a
stenographer, "I wanted good times, money and clothes." Seduction, too, is
alleged at all levels,--base men taking advantage of natural craving for
interest and affection. "I was 17 when I went with my sweetheart," said a
shop-girl; "I never intended to make it a business, I was in love with the
first fellow," declared a former stenographer. The point should also be
emphasized that victims of this kind do not succumb merely to man's
impulse; often they are conquered by deliberate design. Undoubtedly
responsible for part of the supply is, therefore, the thoughtless,
intelligent, independent man, who seeks out a vain, unhappy, emotional
girl as his victim. I refer to the employer who takes advantage of his
stenographer or telephone girl, taking her to luncheons in private
dining-rooms in expensive restaurants in the business districts. In
department stores, certain floor-walkers, salesmen, buyers, managers,
foremen, and even proprietors are constantly placing temptations before
the weak and yielding girls who come under their direction.[177]

How far direct economic pressure is responsible for prostitution, it is
difficult to state. A calculation of the wages previously received reveals
great discrepancies. Seventeen former domestics averaged $5.55 a week,
plus board and lodging; 18 factory workers received from $3 to $7.50, 20
received from $8 to $14 a week; 110 shop-girls averaged $8.24 a week. The
above salaries range, however, from $3 to $15 weekly, the majority
receiving $6, $7, and $8. Eleven receive $10; eleven, $12 apiece; and
three, $15 each. Twenty former stenographers earned on the average $11.25
a week; of the eight women who claimed to have been school-teachers, one
had earned $80 a month, and one $90. One hundred and thirty-nine girls (12
per cent) declared that they went into the life for economic reasons.
Thirty-three put it this way, "I could not support myself"; fifty-five
declared that they could not support themselves and their babies,
sometimes their parents; forty-five said they were out of work and could
not get it; nine were in ill health or had some defect keeping them out of
work. Many more cited in explanation of their conduct the deprivations to
which they would otherwise have to submit. Their alleged earnings as
prostitutes, even if exaggerated, suggest a startling contrast: former
servants claim that their receipts from soliciting vary from $26 to $68
per week; thirty former factory workers claim average weekly returns of
$24; 40 more profess an average of $76 a week; a group of stenographers
(17) average $55 per week.

The critical period when the first sexual offense of these women was
committed appears to belong between the 14th and 21st years of life; the
average of 1,106 such girls is 17 years. Twenty-five servants first erred
between the 9th and 26th years; their average age was 16; 40 factory
workers, first erring between 14 and 22, averaged a little over 17; 110
salesgirls give the same result. Occasionally they declare that they never
knew the time when they were virtuous. "When I was a kid of 6, I used to
kiss sailors and other men for candy and do other things," said one.
Naturally the age is highest in case of the former teachers, of whom one
reports her first offense at 21, another at 20; one or two report their
fall in their 18th year. The average time which elapsed before the girls
finally drifted into professional prostitution was two years, _i. e._,
when they were 19 years of age. The life of the professional prostitute
has been estimated at five years, on the ground that she dies, withdraws,
or is incapacitated after she has been in the business on the average for
that length of time. But a study of more than a thousand prostitutes, all
now actively engaged in the business in New York City, does not sustain
this view. The majority of these girls, though entering the life before
18, are at 24 still active and aggressive in seeking trade. There is a
sudden drop, however, at 25, fluctuating more or less until the age of 30
is reached. Of the 1,097 professional women whose histories were carefully
compiled on this point, 15 were exceedingly active at 32, 13 at 34, 11 at
40, 3 at 44, and 3 at 50. The average age of the 1,097 who are at present
inmates of vice resorts, solicitors in saloons, and on the streets, is 25

It is curious to note that prostitution is definitely stratified. Women
divide themselves into three distinct classes and recognize the
subdivisions. To the upper class belong the inmates of $5 and $10 houses.
The middle class is formed by girls in one dollar and fifty cent
establishments. The street girls are, generally speaking, at the bottom.
As in the upper, so in the underworld, social status changes with
prosperity or adversity, though the tendency--by reason of the progressive
demoralization of the life--is definitely downwards. Under the influence
of age, dissipation and disease, physical deterioration rapidly sets in.
Those who are at the top fall into the lower classes, except in the cases
in which they become madames, managers or mistresses, or abandon the life.
Those in the middle class usually end on the streets.


The necessary counterpart to the prostitute is her customer: she is the
concrete answer to his demand. There are prostitutes at different economic
levels, because their customers are derived from all social classes. The
careless, unkempt woman at the bottom is adjusted to the requirements of
the least exacting; a somewhat better type meets the demands of men of
moderate means; the showy woman at the top corresponds to the
fastidiousness of the spendthrift.

The customers found in the fifty-cent vice resorts already described are
usually longshoremen, truck drivers, street cleaners, coal heavers,
soldiers and sailors, recently landed immigrants of low moral standards,
and laborers of all kinds. Their treatment of the women is not
infrequently brutal,--usually perhaps in consequence of intoxication. To
one- and two-dollar houses resort men and boys who earn ten, twenty,
twenty-five or more dollars per week. They are proprietors of small
business enterprises, clerks, bookkeepers, bartenders, barbers, tailors,
waiters, soldiers, sailors, messengers in banks, members of social and
political clubs or of benefit organizations. Saturday and Sunday are the
popular nights with men of this type. The owners and madames provide extra
"goods" to "take care of the trade" on such occasions. This fact was
brought out many times during the investigation as the workers went from
one house to the other counting the inmates. A house that early in the
week contained only ten or twelve inmates would on Saturday and Sunday
have its numbers increased to fifteen and twenty-five. This was especially
true in resorts like those on Sixth Avenue.[178]

I have in mind one prominent organization[179] whose members are regular
customers in houses of this grade. Many of the rank and file are
themselves owners and pimps, who joined the club in order to advertise
their houses and women to their associates. Another organization[180] of
similar character has a membership of about 500 young men whose ages range
from twenty-one to thirty. They are fond of attending boxing contests,
wrestling bouts, athletic meets and public dances. After such exhibitions
or "affairs" they go in groups of five or ten to the houses, spending long
hours in promiscuous orgies. Owners make a specialty of catering to clubs
of this character. When they give public balls, "rackets," "chowder
parties," or other outings, the madames, buying tickets liberally, attend
with their best looking inmates or with runners to drum up trade. After
the ball or outing is over, groups of men and boys follow them back to
their quarters.

The proprietors of the highest priced houses are very cautious in the
conduct of their business. There is no promiscuous intermingling of
customers in a common receiving parlor where the men huddle on a bench
awaiting their turn, or sit in chairs gaping at each other unashamed.
Separate parlors are used for display; privacy is carefully guarded. In
order to make doubly sure that their visits will not be known, prominent
customers occasionally hire an entire establishment. An instance is cited
in which a well-to-do patron remained three days in such a resort. At
times, however, men are utterly reckless: they have been known to leave
their business cards behind them, or their signatures in books or on
presents given to the inmates or the madame. One such individual is the
New York agent for a famous automobile concern; another is the manager of
a company which manufactures a well-known typewriter; another travels
about from city to city selling hats; while still a fourth is connected
with a celebrated watch company.

A numerous but pathetic group is that made up of young clerks who, living
alone in unattractive quarters, find in professional prostitutes
companions in the company of whom a night's revel offsets the dullness of
their lives at other times. There are thousands of these men in New York.
No home ties restrain them; no home associations fill their time or
thought. Their rooms are fit only to sleep in; close friends they have few
or none. You can watch them on the streets any evening. Hour after hour
they gaze at the passing throng; at length they fling themselves into the
current,--no longer silent and alone.

No small part of the business is the so-called "out of town" trade. It
has been conservatively estimated that over 250,000 visitors enter this
city every day in the year for business or for pleasure. This great host
visit the theaters, parks, seashore resorts, museums; they trade in stores
and shops, and some of them, before they return to their homes, become
customers in vice resorts. They, too, include all social classes: soldiers
and sailors, traveling men and buyers, men in attendance on business,
political or fraternal gatherings and conventions, and mere pleasure

It is impossible to estimate the number of men and boys who become
customers in vice resorts in Manhattan during the course of one year. On
the basis of data actually on file, it may be assumed that inmates of
resorts and women on the street trade with between ten and fifteen men per
day. This statement is corroborated by data secured by the Vice Commission
in Chicago, where the average was found to be 15 per day for 18 inmates in
one house covering a period of 22 months,[181] as well as by data obtained
in Syracuse, New York, where the average number of customers entertained
by one inmate during a period of 6 months was 12.[182] Taking the lower
figures as the basis of calculation, if the 15,000 professional
prostitutes of Manhattan entertain ten guests apiece, the customers total
at least 150,000 persons every day.



The present chapter deals mainly with the business of prostitution as
conducted in parlor houses and brothels. Our investigators were fortunate
in being able to mingle freely with promoters and their assistants during
a period of many months, listening to their conversations, consulting with
them about business deals, helping them "make up their books" after the
day's business was over, and writing letters for them; they were, in fact,
treated as members of the inner circle and thus obtained first-hand
information. Copies of leases for property are on our files; records of
expenses and receipts in the handwriting of the promoters were secured;
conversations carried on between promoters and bearing on their business
dealings, have been recorded. It is commonly believed that men who live
upon the proceeds of prostitution are untruthful, that no dependence can
be put upon their statements. This doubtless holds as to their utterances
on the witness stand or before an investigating body. But among themselves
they talk about their business dealings with great freedom, and probably
with more or less general accuracy. They eat and drink, buy and sell, plan
and scheme like other business men; and under such circumstances the
facts and conversations presented herewith were obtained. On the other
hand, it must be distinctly stated that our agents were not authorized or
permitted to "frame up" cases in order to secure facts. They did not
operate houses of prostitution in the effort to obtain direct evidence,
although opportunities of this kind frequently presented themselves. They
could have leased property for immoral purposes, bought shares in houses
of prostitution, or have become active agents in arranging the details
essential to the safe and successful conduct of the business. Their
instructions forbade anything of the kind: it was their part merely to
observe without arousing suspicion on the one hand, and without actual
participation on the other.


In order to secure houses to be used for immoral purposes, "go-betweens"
called "mecklers" are employed. The "meckler" is paid a fee, never less
than $30 and sometimes as much as $100. Occasionally he receives a small
percentage of the receipts.

A man of this character[183] lives in East 139th Street.[184] During the
period of this investigation, he selected a building on Sixth Avenue[185]
as suitable for the business of prostitution. Several promoters had
previously tried unsuccessfully to secure a lease on this property.
Through the pawnbroker who occupies the first floor, the "meckler" in
question ultimately succeeded in securing the owner's[186] consent: the
rental was $300 a month, despite the wretched conditions of the premises.
He therefore rented the upper floors to three others,[187] who shared with
him on a 20 per cent basis. The enterprise was not successful; not long
after the "meckler" sold his share[188] for $450. The house closed in
March, 1912, because of poor management. Later three other men purchased
the lease and re-opened the place.

On June 26th, 1912, two owners[189] of a house of prostitution[190] in
West 28th Street, sought to rent a house[191] on West 29th Street. The
go-between was instructed to secure a lease on the house for one year if
possible, and was told to give the agent to understand for what purpose
they wanted the property. If objection was made, he was to tell the agent
that in case of dispossession proceedings, the tenant could be evicted and
a new lease issued under a different name. This was said to be the usual
plan when the police made an arrest or issued an eviction notice. The
go-between carried out his instructions literally. The house agents
candidly admitted that "the owner knows that the only thing we can let the
house for is for a cat-house" (meaning a house of prostitution). They
stipulated that the place was not to be conducted as a gambling house or
pool room; otherwise they did not care. The rental finally agreed upon was
$2,000 a year. It was also agreed to insert in the lease a clause
permitting the lessee to sublet the house to some other tenant in case of
arrest and subsequent dispossession proceedings. A deposit of $30 was
made and a receipt was given in the name of the supposed broker, or

In the renting of premises for purposes of prostitution various devices
are employed to protect agent and owner, despite the fact that there is an
overwhelming probability that in most cases both possess from the outset
guilty knowledge of the facts. In some places, direct responsibility is
avoided through renting empty apartments to janitors for a rental ranging
from $40 to $50 a month. The janitor furnishes these apartments on the
instalment plan and sublets them to prostitutes at the rate of $15 to $18
per week. Then, in addition, he often receives from $3 to $5 per week to
"look away," as he terms it. If the respectable families do not like it,
they may move; and many of them do move.

The method of subletting furnished apartments by the janitor, with the
consent of the agent (who probably shares in the extra profits) is
employed in a tenement building on West 109th Street. In other places, the
agents rent apartments by the week, demanding payment in advance. After a
day or two, they may inform the occupants that a complaint has been made
and that they will have to move. They do not return any of the advanced
rental, but proceed to repeat the performance. This has happened in
connection with furnished apartments on such streets as West 107th and
West 108th.

During the month of February, 1912, a woman investigator visited 122 real
estate agents for the alleged purpose of renting an apartment for immoral
purposes. In each case the investigator endeavored to convey to the agent
the object for which the apartment was ostensibly desired. Of the 122
agents visited, only 17 refused outright to be parties to the transaction.
A few of these were indignant, others said they had to be careful, and
still others said the owners of the property were exceedingly strict.
Sixty-seven agents agreed to rent certain apartments for this purpose and
gave the investigator the addresses of 98 separate apartments where she
could conduct the proposed business. Many of these addresses proved to be
places where the present investigation had already discovered disorderly
conditions. The remaining 38 agents were classified as doubtful. Some of
them were annoyed because the investigator openly hinted her purpose; they
suggested that they did not care, but would not knowingly rent the
property in their charge for such a business. Others pretended to ignore
the questions of the investigator and gave her 65 separate addresses where
apartments could be rented. They were willing to rent apartments of this
character, but did not want to appear to do so. A young man in a real
estate office on Eighth Avenue stated that they "never ask people for
their marriage certificates; they require only that tenants conduct
themselves quietly." One well-known agent[192] betrayed and indeed
confessed embarrassment when frankly told the purpose for which it was
desired to rent a house. He remarked: "I know what you wanted the house
for, but I had much rather you had not told me. If I don't know it, I
don't know it. Now suppose you people are dispossessed and get on the
witness stand and squeal, how would I look?" At a further conference, the
agent refused to agree to a new lease in case of an eviction. "The only
trouble," he said to the stranger, "is that you talked too much. I knew
what you wanted the house for, but I very much rather you had not told me.
What I don't know don't bother me. I tell you what I'll do. You send
somebody else up here in a week or so and I will give you the house and
don't talk too much about it."

In some of the buildings mentioned in the course of the negotiations here
in question, practically every apartment is a vice resort. As many as 16
such resorts were found in one 7-story building. In another, every
apartment except one was a vice resort, the one exception being the home
of a butcher who supplied meat to the other tenants.

Whatever the lease may indicate to the contrary, property rented for
immoral purposes produces extraordinarily large returns. Not infrequently
a high rental is thus produced by houses and apartments that are so
dilapidated that they cannot be rented at all to decent human beings.
Again, there is a tacit understanding that the rental named in the lease
is merely a blind. The agent receives an additional sum, which he may
pocket or divide with the landlord. The lease of a house[193] of
prostitution in West 26th Street places the rental at $100 a month; the
keeper[194] pays $150. On October 5th, 1912, three men were negotiating
with a real estate agent[195] in West 30th Street, who agreed to rent them
two houses[196] in West 38th Street at extortionate rates. On the same
day, an Eighth Avenue agent[197] was promised a bonus of $50 per month for
a house[198] in West 28th Street. Occasionally the increased charge
appears in the lease. When the madame[199] of a West 40th Street
establishment undertook to rent this house, she was told by the agent[200]
that the rent would be $110 per month, and that he would lease the
building to her for one year with a three months' clause. Then he added,
"Now be frank; I will find out anyway. Do you intend to do anything up

"Well, I might take a chance," she said.

"If you do," he replied, "the rent will be $125 per month."

On March 9th, 1912, at 11.30 P. M., a man was solicited by two colored
girls to enter a vice resort in West 40th Street.[201] The agents[202] of
this building have offices in West 42nd Street. The building is 5 stories
high and four families live on each floor, paying a monthly rental of from
$20 to $25. The street walkers, however, pay as much as $40 per month for
their rooms. Their neighbors[203] declare that the agent has knowledge of
the character of these tenants. A public school is next door, and on the
opposite side of the street is a church.


A group consisting of 38 men own and operate 28 one-dollar houses of
prostitution in a certain section of Manhattan.[204] Among themselves
they trade actively in shares. One of them[205]--already referred to as
the "King" by reason of the scope of his enterprises and influence--is
said to own shares in 10 houses, and his brother and nephew each have a
sixth interest in another resort which he gave them as a present. His
one-dollar resorts are located on the following streets:--three on Sixth
Avenue, two each in West 25th Street and West 24th Street, and one each in
West 28th Street,[206] West 31st Street,[207] and West 40th Street.[208]
He is also the proprietor of a $5 house located in West 49th Street.[209]
In some houses there are three partners who are said also to own shares in
other places of the same character; in one instance, two brothers are
partners in two houses--one in Sixth Avenue, and one in West 27th Street.
Four partners were formerly interested in a business conducted in West
24th Street.

The group of men who operate these 28 houses of prostitution are very
careful in disposing of their shares. The purchaser must either be one of
their own number or some relative or friend. Sales are made for different
reasons, sometimes to effect economies in management. For example, on June
7th, 1912, an owner[210] sold a half interest in a Sixth Avenue resort to
a man from the West, for $2,200. Thereupon he bought a one-third interest
in another house on Sixth Avenue for $900, being admitted to the firm that
he might serve as lighthouse and procurer. A half-partner[211] was taken
into another Sixth Avenue house[212] for $1500. The low price was
subsequently accounted for by the owner as follows: "Do you suppose if the
new partner had not had a good woman, I would have taken him in for that
sum? I would have to take a woman in anyway and give her at least 20 per
cent of the profits, without getting anything for it except her labor. To
start with, I am getting $1,500 and a good woman; I save $25 per week on a
procurer, and besides get a partner who is interested in the house and not
a total stranger who does not care whether the house does business or not;
the place is running straight now." While these two men were discussing
this economical move, the madame[213] of a house in West 40th Street[214]
approached, to remark that she had a good house in the 26th police
precinct, and wanted to have one of them come with her as a partner, so
that she could use his influence in making some very necessary
arrangements looking toward the success of the business. In reply to this
offer, the person addressed replied: "They (meaning the police
authorities) will not stand for a one-dollar house of prostitution on that
street and besides I have enough, my hands are full." Thereupon one of the
partners in another resort on Sixth Avenue,[215] remarked that if she
wanted to pay him $2,000 for his one-third interest, he would sell it.

"Why do you want to sell?" asked the woman.

"My woman is very sick," he replied, "and she has to go to the mountains;
also her sister is very sick and I am 'broke.'"

"How heavy is business?" she asked.

He replied that the house was "working" between $1,000 and $1,200 per
week. She regarded $2,000 as too much for a one-third interest, as the hot
months were coming on and business would probably be very dull; however,
she would give $1,500.

"No," he answered, "you cannot buy my share for $1,999."

Buyers are of course wary. They must be convinced that they are getting
what they pay for; occasionally, therefore, tentative arrangements are
made. A madame is installed until actual experience proves that the
property is worth the price asked.

The following transactions were actually witnessed by our investigators:
On March 3rd, 1912, sale of three one-third interests in a Sixth Avenue
resort for $650 apiece; March 11th, 1912, sale of a half interest in
another Sixth Avenue resort for $2,200; March 19th, a sale of a one-third
interest in a West 40th Street resort for $1,500,--a poor investment, for
the house was shortly closed; in July, 1912, a one-third interest in
another resort in West 40th Street was purchased for $3,000 by an owner,
who transferred his women thither from a place in 28th Street.
Occasionally pressure is brought to force a part owner out. On one such
transaction, a profit of $500 was made; in another a share was bought for
$500,--far below its market value.[216]

Quarrels and disputes between shareholders are of frequent occurrence.
Such disputes are deplored among the more intelligent promoters because
they fear exposure of one sort or another. A dissatisfied shareholder may
"squeal" to the police; or his woman may sit on the steps of a rival's
resort, calling the attention of the police to a particular house. The
policy of the business is to keep everybody satisfied and contented.
Nevertheless, misunderstandings occur; on April 8th, 1912, two
shareholders were engaged in a hot dispute; one of them had been a silent
partner who never "came to the front" when extra demands were made on the
finances of the firm, but left the other to pay the bills. It was claimed
that, as a result of his neglect, the house was closed and an officer was
ordered to stay inside. The business was ruined. Finally the officer was
removed, whereupon the "silent" partner wished to be recognized as owning
a share. As the complainant had borne the brunt of the difficulties with
the police, as well as the subsequent losses, he refused; besides, he had
taken in two other men as partners. The delinquent partner became very
angry and threatened to send his woman to the house and to make all sorts
of trouble. The two new partners advised that he receive $150 and be
declared "out for good." But the silent partner was not satisfied when he
heard that one of the new partners had sold his share for $1,700. So he
demanded $600 more for his share, claiming that he was still a partner,
which sum he subsequently received.[217]

The precarious nature of such investments, depending, as it does, for its
value on variations in public opinion and municipal policy, can be
illustrated from former as well as current history:

During the fall of 1907, the Commissioner of Police, as well as the
District Attorney, became very active in closing houses of prostitution in
Manhattan. An owner who was put out of business at that time made the
following statement, in substance, in the presence of two witnesses:

"At the time I was put out of business by Police Commissioner Bingham in
1907, I left New York with $4,800 and bought a farm in Jersey. After
things had cooled down, or in February, 1911, I came back to New York to
look the ground over. Finally things looked all right and I bought a
one-third interest in a place in West 25th Street for the sum of $1,200.
Three days later, "bing," I get a raid and a cop in front of the door for
a whole month. Then the cop was taken away and I opened again for a few
days, when, "bing," another $300 raid with a cop inside. I was tipped off
that my partner did not suit, so I bought her interest for $600 while the
cop was still inside. I then "doubled up" with a friend. We opened very
slowly; I would not let the women solicit at the windows. The weather was
very hot. In August I bought my friend out for $1,200 which made me even.
From February to April, I paid $100 a month in rent and other expenses and
didn't make a cent until August. Since that time up till now I have saved
only $9,000. The house stands me $4,000 after paying rent, the cost of the
raids, and the purchase price."

As already pointed out, any change in the political situation or in the
attitude toward the business on the part of the authorities of the city,
or a reform movement, reacts immediately upon the value of the shares in
vice resorts. Just before the murder of the gambler Rosenthal last summer,
the shares in houses of prostitution were very valuable, and it was
practically impossible to secure them except at large prices. On June 4th,
a part owner in a house in West 25th Street declared: "It is impossible to
get something decent unless you pay a prohibitive price. I had to pay
$1,700 for a one-third interest in this place and only to-day I paid
$1,000 for a year's lease on three houses in the same street. These
buildings have changed hands seven or eight times during the past year and
it is rumored that they are going to be torn down."[218] On June 19th,
1912, the owner of a share in a Sixth Avenue house told a man that the
"stocks are awful high." He offered to sell his one-third share, costing
$500 originally, for $2,000.

The Rosenthal murder took place July 15, 1912, and shares in houses of
prostitution at once declined. Some of the promoters were very pessimistic
over the situation and declared that the houses would be closed and their
business ruined. On August 6th, 1912, while discussing the situation, one
of them[219] declared that it was all over with them. His partner[220]
remonstrated with him, holding that the authorities would not close the
houses. To this the former replied:

"Well, I show you how much I think of it--I will sell my interest and get

"It's a go," said the other, "I've been a gambler all my life; I'll buy
it." The price paid for this share several months before was $1,700, and
the same sum was demanded and refused. After some arguing, the bargain was
closed at $1,000 and $100 was paid on account.

Prior to the murder in question, a one-third interest in a Sixth Avenue
place was worth $2,000. On August 8th, 1912, the owner offered to sell his
interest for $1,000.

"No," said the prospective buyer, "I will give you $500, and I am taking a
gambler's chance in giving you that much."[221]

The decline in values has continued since the date of the above
conversations. At this moment an interest in certain places can be
purchased for the amount of a night's profit.


It is impossible to give even an approximate estimate of the receipts from
the business of prostitution in Manhattan during a stated period. We could
not secure access to the books of the owners, even if they kept accounts,
which none do in a systematic way. But bits of direct evidence, absolutely
accurate and reliable, in the shape of records for a day, a week, or month
were obtained here and there; we can also report what owners and inmates
say regarding their incomes. Whatever allowances are made for
overstatements and misstatements, intentional or accidental, the total is
sufficiently staggering.

The most eloquent and significant exhibits obtained were the cards on
which the night's business of the inmate is punched. These casual bits of
information are in no wise exceptional. One shrinks from multiplying them
by the number of women engaged, and the number of days in the year.

Lillie, inmate in a vice resort in Sixth Avenue[222] showed the
investigator a white card in which were punched 7 holes, each representing
one customer or service at $1 apiece, or $7. It was the record of her
earnings during a period of six hours ending at one A. M. on March 14th,
1912. Of the $7, Lillie received $3.50 as her share, from which amount
$1.50 was deducted by the madame to pay her board for the day.

The account of 6 inmates in a West 58th Street resort showed that on
Sunday, April 21st, Alma had earned $7; Pauline, $15; Pansy, $14; Rose,
$17; Bella, $16; and Ruth, $15: a total of $86, or an average of $14 per
day for each inmate. The price in this house ranged from $2 to $5,
according to the customer. The receipts of 3 inmates for another day in
April were, Rose, $49; Alma, $16; and Ruth, $30: a total of $95, or an
average for the day of $31 per inmate. The receipts on May 3rd, 1912, were
as follows: Rose, $28; Bella, $21; Alma, $13; Pansy, $4: a total of $66,
or an average of over $16 per day per inmate. For the week April 22-28
inclusive the receipts from 4 to 6 inmates were as follows:

  Monday,    April 22nd, 1912, $50
  Tuesday,   April 23rd, 1912,  38
  Wednesday, April 24th, 1912,  34
  Thursday,  April 25th, 1912,  39
  Friday,    April 26th, 1912,  54
  Saturday,  April 27th, 1912,  53
  Sunday,    April 28th, 1912,  57

This gives a total of $325 or an average of about $46 per day.

Sixteen white cards were obtained from a dollar house in West 28th Street
showing the earnings per inmate on July 9th, 1912. "Babie" is credited
with $27; Buster, $30; a girl whose name is not readable, $27; Charlotte,
$23; Dolly, $20; Dorothy, $11; Minnie, $15; Eva, $16; one whose name is
not given, $15; another, name not given, $14; another, $10; others whose
names are omitted, $14, $14, $9, $8, $11 respectively. The total is $264
or an average of about $16 per inmate for the day. The madame when paying
the inmates the one-half due them for their day's work always deducted the
sum of $1.50 for board.

In the figures above given, there is no element of doubt whatsoever: they
are taken from the actual records of the day's business,--the cards in the
possession of every inmate. Whether they can be regarded as fairly
representative is another question, which it would be futile to discuss.
We possess, however, certain totals, the precise reliability of which the
reader must judge for himself. It has been stated that our investigators
succeeded in establishing themselves on an intimate footing with those
most prominently concerned in the commercial exploitation of prostitution.
They took part in conferences, and could discuss business and its
prospects without suspicion. From time to time these agents found
themselves in position to canvass freely the question of returns, past,
present and future. The approximate estimates of the value of the various
properties prior to the Rosenthal murder; and the main items of expense
incurred in their conduct were set down as thus obtained. In regard to the
general credibility of the figures it is to be remembered that these men
are decidedly communicative among themselves and that any exaggerated
departure from probability would have drawn forth expressions of
skepticism or disbelief; on the other hand, it is not pretended that the
figures are more than roughly significant of the scope and profits of a
fluctuating trade; they are given for what they are worth.


                   |House receipts[223] (1/2 fees)
                   +      +----------------------------------------------
                   |      |House expenses[224]
                   |      +     +----------------------------------------
                   |      |     |No. inmates
                   |      |     +     +----------------------------------
                   |      |     |     |No. madames
                   |      |     |     +    +-----------------------------
                   |      |     |     |    |No. maids
                   |      |     |     |    +   +-------------------------
                   |      |     |     |    |   |No. lighthouses
                   |      |     |     |    |   +   +---------------------
                   |      |     |     |    |   |   |No. owners
                   |      |     |     |    |   |   +  +------------------
                   |      |     |     |    |   |   |  | Value of business
                   |      |     |     |    |   |   |  |   S=sale B=bid.
  Location            A      B     C    D    E   F   G      H
  of house
  No.--W. 18       $3,600  $814    18   2    4   1   3
  "  " "  24        3,200   735    17   2    3   1   2
  "  " "  25        3,200   606    16   1    3   1   2
  "  " "  25        4,000   839    24   3    4   1   2
  "  " "  25        3,227   705    20   1    3   1   1   $5,100 S.
  "  " "  25        3,000   571     9   2    3       3
  "  " "  28        2,800   729    17   2    4   1   2
  "  " "  28        3,000   821    16   4    3   1   3
  "  " "  31        2,800   516    12        3       3    2,000 S.
  "  " "  35        2,400   788    14   3    3   1   2
  "  " "  40        1,200   275     4        2       2
  "  " "  40        1,000   293     6        2       1
  "  " "  40        2,000   628    12   2    3   1   2
  "  " "  56        3,200   797    20   3    4   1   2
  " Sixth Ave.[225] 2,400   691    14   1    2   1   2
  "  "     "        3,600   689    19   2    4   1   2    4,400 S.
  "  "     "        2,400   733    14   2    3   1   3
  "  "     "        2,000   593    12   1    2       2
  "  "     "        3,200   555    12   2    2       3    6,000 S.
  "  "     "        1,200   437     5   1    2   1   1
  "  "     "        3,200   667    15   2    2   1   2    3,750 S.
  "  "     "        3,600   847    20   2    4   1   1
  "  "     "        2,800   627    15   1    2   1   4   10,000 B.
  No.-- W. 24       2,000   674    10   1    3   2   4   {2,500 S.
                                                         {3,200 S.
  "  "  "  26       3,700   819    20   2    4   1   2
  "  "  "  27       3,000   570    16   1    2   1   2
  "  "  "  28       3,000   741    16   1    3   1   3
  "  "  "  28       1,200   441     8   1    2       1
  "  "  "  36       3,000   748    16   2    3   1   2    3,000 S.
  "  "  "  36       2,800   706    15   3    3   1   1
                   ------ ------- ---  --   --  --  --    -----
  Total           $81,727 $19,655 432  50   87  24  65

Similar data were also procured--and in substantially the same manner--for
eight five-dollar houses.[226]


                 House     House     No.     No.    No.   Lowest
  Location      receipts  expenses inmates madames maids price of
  of house St. (1/2 fees)                                 service

  No.--W.  38   $ 2,400    $ 871     12       2      4       $3
  "    "   41     1,800      924     10       2      3        5
  "    "   46     2,800      938     14       2      3        5
  "    "   46     3,200      952     16       2      5        5
  "    "   46     1,800      760     12       1      4        5
  "    "   47     3,000      871     15       2      3        5
  "    "   49     1,800      878     12       2      3      { 2
                                                            { 5
  "    "   52     1,600      885      9       2      3        5
                -------   ------    ---      --     --      ---
    Total       $18,400   $7,079    100      15     28

Ten disorderly tenements were studied in the same way, with the following


               House receipts   House       No.      No.
  Location St.   (1/2 fees)    expenses   inmates   maids

  No.--W.  43      $ 500        $ 189        3        1
   "   "   45        600          235        3        1
   "   "   49        700          259        4        2
   "   "   50        700          264        4        2
   "   "   55        600          261        4        2
   "   "   58        800          143        4        2
   "   "   58        800          175        4        2
   "   "   58      1,000          440        5        2
   "   "   60        500          208        3        2
   "   "   65        600          144        3        1
                  ------       ------       --       --
      Total       $6,800       $2,318       37       17

We have deliberately refrained from attempting to make even an approximate
calculation on the basis of the foregoing tables of the profits annually
derived from commercialized prostitution in New York City. But a moment's
reflection will suggest the enormous sums involved. If, for example, the
table dealing with thirty parlor houses, _i. e._, less than one-half of
those investigated, even roughly represents the monthly volume of
business, over $2,000,000 a year are paid to their inmates, one-half of
which is at once paid over to the houses; the running expenses of the
houses are about one-quarter of a million; but the profits are not reduced
by this sum, for the payments of the inmates for board and lodging are
supposed to be equal to the expense of conducting the establishment.
Moreover, the estimates above given entirely omit certain very important
indirect sources of revenue,--for large profits are derived from the sale
of liquor, tobacco, lewd pictures, booklets, verse and other reading
matter. Finally, patrons often tip lavishly, leaving "gift" or "luck"
money, and in innumerable other ways add to the revenue of the resorts.
The total expenditure incurred and the net profit to the exploiters,
therefore, run high up into the millions annually.[228]

A partial confirmation of the scale of the estimates above given is
furnished by the following incident:

During the evening of May 3, 1912, one of the owners of a house of
prostitution in West 25th Street was trying to sell a one-third interest
in his one-dollar resort. He had written on a sheet of brown wrapping
paper the receipts and expenses for one month in connection with the
business in this house. This document is in our possession. The items
which interest us in this connection are receipts for four weeks and two
days, or 30 days in all: First week's receipts, $1,735; second week,
$1,612; third week, $1,463; fourth week, $1,401; two days, $243; making a
total of $6,454 for the thirty days, or an average of about $215 per day.
The average number of inmates in this house is 15. In that case, each
inmate earned $15, that is, received 15 men each day.

The income of the street walker is probably subjected to greater
fluctuations than that of the house or flat inmate, weather and other
conditions greatly affecting her earnings. It is therefore impossible to
gain any conception of the volume of money that changes hands in
consequence of street business. Samples are, however, available; the
account book which was secured from a young prostitute, neither very
aggressive nor very attractive, who solicits on East 14th Street and
receives usually one dollar for her services, runs as follows:

  Wednesday   $7.50
  Thursday     7.00
  Friday       9.00
  Saturday     9.50
  Sunday       4.50
  Monday       7.50
  Tuesday      8.00

a total of $53.

The items for the next seven days are as follows:

  Wednesday   $6.50
  Thursday     6.50
  Friday       7.00
  Saturday    12.00
  Sunday      10.00
  Monday       9.00
  Tuesday      6.00

a total of $57.

The following six days' receipts were as follows:

  Wednesday   $6.00
  Thursday     6.00
  Friday       3.50
  Saturday     8.00
  Sunday       5.50
  Monday       5.00

a total of $34.

The following seven days' receipts are:

  Wednesday   $6.00
  Thursday     5.00
  Friday       3.00
  Saturday     7.00
  Sunday       8.00
  Monday       6.00
  Tuesday      6.00

$41 in all.

There were only five more days accounted for, when the girl ceased to keep
any record of her receipts:

  Wednesday   $3.50
  Thursday     2.00
  Friday       5.50
  Saturday     4.50
  Sunday      10.50

the total of these five days being $26.

Thus in 32 days, this poorly dressed, rather ignorant and unsophisticated
street walker, earned $211, an average of between $6 and $7 per day.

Practically all the figures in the above concern profits derived from the
sale of the bodies of women. In addition, the exploiters--owners and
madames mainly--derive further gain (by no means inconsiderable in amount)
from such items as the sale to their women, at exorbitant prices, of
clothing and other feminine requirements. Huge as these immediate profits
of exploitation are, they are enormously increased by the vast sums made
from the sale of intoxicating drinks, which business has been shown to be
so closely allied with prostitution, and by abnormal rentals received for
the use of all kinds of property for purposes of prostitution. Even then,
the stupendous although unknown figure involved in the maintenance of this
army of upwards of 15,000 women in New York City fails to indicate what
prostitution costs society. For perhaps the greatest cost of all is yet
to be mentioned, namely, disease. Wherever prostitution exists, there
venereal disease flourishes,--maiming, incapacitating the participants
surely, and not infrequently innocent ones in close association with them.

Reliable and complete statistics as to the prevalence of venereal disease,
its consequences immediate and remote, are not to be had. In the absence
of compulsory reporting, it is impossible to estimate the number of cases
under treatment by physicians; in addition to these, large numbers
endeavor to conceal the truth by foolishly resorting to quacks, advertised
nostrums, etc. Figures obtainable from hospitals represent, therefore,
only a fraction, probably an inconsiderable fraction, of those afflicted;
as far as they go, a careful study elicits the following facts:

During the year 1911, 522,722 cases of all kinds were treated in 17
dispensaries in New York City; 15,781, or 3.01 percent of these cases,
were venereally affected. The hospitals of the city possess few beds for
the reception of venereal patients; nevertheless, 5,380 persons--6.33 per
cent of all cases treated in 13 different hospitals--were venereally
affected, about two-thirds male, one-third female. These infections occur
at any time from the first to the seventieth year,--the period of greatest
frequency being between 16 and 30 years of age: between 16 and 20, 796
were males and 369 females; between 21 and 25, 1,182 and 454,
respectively; between 26 and 30, 692 and 268.

For several reasons these figures are far from suggesting the actual
extent of venereal infection,--in the first place, because, as above
stated, the hospitals receive but a fraction of the sufferers; in the
second, because accurate diagnosis has only recently become feasible. The
percentages increase heavily as soon as the more delicate and reliable
tests devised by Wassermann and others are applied. For example, 308
adults were admitted to the medical wards of a certain New York hospital
during the months of January, February, and March, 1913; though the
Wassermann test for syphilis was made in the case of only 166 of these,
38, _i. e._, 23 percent of those examined, gave positive results; this is
equivalent to 12.3 percent of the entire 308. Had the test been applied to
all adults admitted, undoubtedly the ratio of syphilitic infection would
have been higher still. As a matter of fact, the test as usually performed
does not disclose all cases of infection; so that the prevalence of
disease is actually greater than the tests indicate.

The civil state of the patients in the cases first mentioned is shown in
the following table:

            Males                           Females

  single   married   widowers      single   married   widows
   640       2950       57          589       802       90

From the standpoint of occupation, every social class is
represented,--necessarily so, inasmuch as every social class figures in
the phenomena of prostitution. The occupations given by male patients were
as follows: professional, 52; clerical and official, 307; mercantile and
trading, 250; public entertainment, 120; personal service, police and
military, 186; laboring and servant, 1,181; manufacturing and mechanical
industry, 932; agricultural, transportation, and other outdoor
employments, 645; no occupations, 58; classified as unknown, 8; children,
11; congenital origin, 31; schoolboys, 10; students, 10. The occupations
of female patients are as follows: professional, 46; domestic and
personal, 1,144; trade and transportation, 109; manufacturing and
mechanical, 86; no occupations, 72; unknown, 9; schoolgirls, 21; children,

In respect to the disease with which they were afflicted, 413 of the 1,563
females suffered from syphilis; 1,036 from gonorrhoea; 9 from
chancroids, and 105 from complications. Eight hundred and eighty-three of
the men were suffering from syphilis; 1,445 from gonorrhoea; 203 from
chancroids, and 1,276 from complications.

It needs no argument to show that the cost of prostitution is enormously
augmented even by the amount of disease accounted for in the preceding
discussion; as this represents but a small part of the whole, the totals
thus reached require to be multiplied by a large factor. But the reckoning
would still be incomplete, even if we knew the actual volume of syphilis,
gonorrhoea and chancre; for there would remain to be included the remote
effects, not less certainly due to venereal affection, and even more
fateful and costly than the immediate manifestations,--paralysis,
sterility, miscarriage, deformity, degeneracy, insanity,--curses that
stretch even "unto the third and fourth generations." From the effort to
translate such losses into dollars and cents, the boldest calculator may
well shrink: yet they are a part,--a certain, inevitable part--of the cost
of prostitution.



In respect to vice and vice resorts, the police rules require that each
police captain must report to the Commissioner all places in his precinct
where disorderly, degraded or lawless people congregate, and also give
notice in writing to the owner, lessee or occupant, that such room or
building is so used, and that such use constitutes a misdemeanor. If the
owner, lessee, or occupant does not abate the nuisance, the captain is
empowered to obtain a warrant for his arrest and to prosecute him as
required by law. In addition, each captain is required to make charges of
neglect of duty against any patrolman who fails to discover a serious
breach of peace on his post, or fails to arrest any person guilty of such
offense. If a house is under suspicion of being disorderly or is so in
fact, the officer on the beat is required to restrain acts of disorder,
prevent soliciting from windows, doors, or on the streets, and to arrest
all persons so doing. He must also carefully observe all other places of
suspicious nature, obtain evidence as to the character and ownership of
such houses and report the same to his commanding officer.[229]

Between January 1 and August 1, 1912, police captains in Manhattan
reported to the department 112 separate places as suspicious or
disorderly; against these, they made 542 complaints. Seven complaints were
made against one place in the 5th precinct, 46 against 9 places in the
16th precinct, 180 against 35 places in the 23rd. The police activities
are tabulated in the following table:[230]


                          No. of Places
  Precinct   No. Reports    Involved
      5           7             1
      6           8             4
     12           5             3
     15          46             9
     16           9             3
     18          81            15
     21          20             6
     22          34            10
     23         180            35
     26         105            15
     28           5             1
     36           3             3
     39          21             3
     43          18             4
                ---           ---
  Totals        542           112

The following table distributes the places reported according to the
character of the resort and the precinct:


             Prostitution  Assignation  Disorderly
  Precincts     Places       Houses       Places    Total
      1          ..            ..           ..       ..
      2          ..            ..           ..       ..
      5           1            ..           ..        1
      6          ..            ..            4        4
      7          ..            ..           ..       ..
      8          ..            ..           ..       ..
     10          ..            ..           ..       ..
     12           3            ..           ..        3
     13          ..            ..           ..       ..
     14          ..            ..           ..       ..
     15          ..            ..            9        9
     16           3            ..           ..        3
     17          ..            ..           ..       ..
     18          ..            ..           15       15
     21           1             5           ..        6
     22           9             1           ..       10
     23          25             5            5       35
     25          ..            ..           ..       ..
     26          15            ..           ..       15
     28          ..            ..            1        1
     29          ..            ..           ..       ..
     31          ..            ..           ..       ..
     32          ..            ..           ..       ..
     33          ..            ..           ..       ..
     35          ..            ..           ..       ..
     36          ..             3           ..        3
     39           3            ..           ..        3
     40          ..            ..           ..       ..
     43           4            ..           ..        4
    ---          --            --           --      ---
  Totals         64            14           34      112

On the basis of both months and precincts these reports are distributed

  Precincts Jan.  Feb.  Mar. Apr.  May  June  July  Total  Total
      1      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
      2      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
      5       1     1     1    1     1    1     1      7       1
      6       4     4    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..      8       4
      7      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
      8      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     10      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     12       1     2     1    1    ..   ..    ..      5       3
     13      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     14      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     15       9     9     8    6          4     4     46       9
     16       3     3     3   ..    ..   ..    ..      9       3
     18      15    11    11   11    11   11    11     81      15
     21       6     5     5    1     1    1     1     20       6
     22       2     3     3    3     6    9     8     34      10
     23      27    29    28   22    24   24    26    180      35
     25      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     26      15    15    15   15    15   15    15    105      15
     28      ..     1     1    1     1    1    ..      5       1
     29      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     31      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     32      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     33      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     35      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     36       3    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..      3       3
     39       3     3     3    3     3    3     3     21       3
     40      ..    ..    ..   ..    ..   ..    ..     ..      ..
     43       4     4     2    2     2    2     2     18       4
             --    --    --   --    --   --    --    ---     ---
    Totals   93    90    81   66    70   71    71    542     112

It would appear thus that in the fifth precinct the same house is reported
month after month; in the 18th, 11 houses are reported during five of the
6 months; in the 26th precinct, 15 houses are systematically and regularly

Our own investigation began approximately three weeks later than the above
tables and ran three months longer. In its course, our investigators
reported 429 parlor houses, massage parlors, furnished room houses and
hotels; and 379 saloons and miscellaneous places allied with prostitution.
The 429 resorts first mentioned are distributed as follows:

            Parlor  Massage  Furnished         investigation
  Precincts houses  parlors    rooms    Hotels   Addresses

       1      ..      ..        ..        ..        ..
       2      ..      ..        ..        ..        ..
       5       3      ..        ..        ..         3
       6       6      ..        ..         1         7
       7      ..      ..        ..        ..        ..
       8      ..      ..        ..        ..        ..
      10      ..      ..        ..        ..        ..
      12       3      ..        ..        ..         3
      13      ..      ..         1         2         3
      14      ..      ..         2        ..         2
      15      11      ..        19         9        39
      16      ..      ..        ..         1         1
      17       1      ..         2        ..         3
      18      21       8        10         8        47
      21       3      ..         5        12        20
      22      22       3        41         7        73
      23      35      23        14        21        93
      25       1       1         1         2         5
      26      29      17        10        16        72
      28       1       8         2         5        16
      29      ..       9        ..         3        12
      32      ..       1        ..         1         2
      33      ..      ..        ..        ..        ..
      36      ..      ..        ..        10        10
      39       5      ..         2         1         8
      40      ..      ..        ..        ..        ..
      43       1      ..         3         6        10
             ---      --       ---       ---       ---
  Totals     142      70       112       105       429

The 379 saloons and miscellaneous places allied with prostitution were
discovered in the following precincts:

                 Saloons, etc., and miscellaneous
  Precincts      places allied with prostitution

   1                   2
   6                  11
  13                   4
  14                   2
  15                  26
  16                   7
  18                  26
  21                  17
  22                  45
  23                  39
  25                  14
  26                  61
  28                  16
  29                   2
  32                  23
  33                   1
  36                  26
  39                  29
  40                   4
  43                  24
       Total         379

Comparison of the police reports with those made by our investigators
shows marked differences. For example: in the sixth precinct, the police
report 4 addresses, our agents 18, of which 11 were saloons, etc.; in the
15th, the police found 9, our agents 65, twenty-six of them saloons, etc.;
in the 21st, the police gave 6, our agents 37, seventeen of them saloons,
etc.; in the 22nd, the police report 10, our agents 118, forty-five of
them saloons; in the 26th, 15 and 133 respectively, 61 of the latter being
saloons, etc.; in the 28th, one place is noted by the police, 32 by our
agents, 16 of them saloons, etc.; in the 32nd, none by the police, 25 by
our agents, 23 of them saloons, etc.; in the 33rd precinct none is
reported by police, one by our agents.

In the following table, both sets of reports are arranged side by side in
tabular form, all forms of disorderly resorts being grouped together:

               No. disorderly       No. disorderly
               places reported      places found by
               by police            our investigators
               Jan. 1-              from Jan. 24-
  Precinct     Aug. 1, 1912.        Nov. 15, 1912.

   1                0                     2
   5                1                     3
   6                4                    18
  12                3                     3
  13                0                     7
  14                0                     4
  15                9                    65
  16                3                     8
  17                0                     3
  18               15                    73
  21                6                    37
  22               10                   118
  23               35                   132
  25                0                    19
  26               15                   133
  28                1                    32
  29                0                    14
  32                0                    25
  33                0                     1
  36                3                    36
  39                3                    37
  40                0                     4
  43                4                    34
                  ---                   ---
  Totals          112                   808

Tenement resorts are not included in the preceding data. In the year 1912,
the police reported to the Tenement House Department as vicious 138
separate addresses, in which they had made 153 arrests,--65 of these
arrests in two precincts, the 13th and the 15th; from 247 other sources,
the department learned of 211 addresses: in all, 349 separate places were
reported.[231] Our own agents discovered 1,172 separate disorderly
apartments in tenements at 578 separate addresses between January 24th and
November 15th.

In the following table, both sets of reports are combined, according to
precincts; the tenement house reports cover the entire year
(January-December 31, 1912), ours only the period of investigation
(January 24-November 15, 1912):


                                _Complaints from_
  _Police Reports_                _all sources_       _Investigation_
                                _including police_       _Reports_
                    No.       |         No.      | No.        No. separate
                    separate  | No.     separate | separate   disorderly
             No.    buildings | comp-   bldgs.   | addresses  apartments
  Precincts reports involved  | laints  involved | (Bldgs.)
                              |                  |
     1        ..       ..     |   ..      ..     |    ..          ..
     2        ..       ..     |   ..      ..     |    ..          ..
     5         1        1     |    2       2     |     1           1
     6         2        2     |    4       4     |     5           9
     7         1        1     |    2       2     |     1           1
     8        ..       ..     |   ..      ..     |    ..          ..
    10         2        2     |    2       2     |    ..          ..
    12         5        5     |    6       5     |     1           1
    13        27       23     |   38      28     |    10          10
    14         1        1     |    1       1     |     1           3
    15        38       35     |   46      42     |    58          69
    16         1        1     |    4       4     |     2           2
    17         4        4     |   15      14     |     5           5
    18        ..       ..     |    3       1     |    25          26
    21         3        2     |    7       4     |     6           6
    22         4        4     |   18      15     |    75         123
    23         3        3     |    8       7     |    28          44
    25        ..       ..     |   ..      ..     |     1           2
    26        12       10     |   13      11     |   102         396
    28        14       12     |   17      13     |    95         164
    29        ..       ..     |   ..      ..     |    ..          ..
    31         1        1     |    3       3     |     3           3
    32        16       14     |   22      18     |    85         206
    33        ..       ..     |   ..      ..     |    ..          ..
    35        ..       ..     |    2       2     |     2           5
    36        12       11     |   14      13     |    58          81
    39        ..       ..     |    3       3     |     4           4
    40        ..       ..     |    1       1     |    ..          ..
    43         6        6     |   16      16     |    10          11
             ---      ---     |  ---     ---     |   ---        ----
  Totals     153      138     |  247     211     |   578        1172

During the same period, 794 separate saloons and concert halls were
investigated, of which almost one-half,--308--were found disorderly; in
addition to which, 91 miscellaneous places of a disorderly character were
reported. The distribution of such disorderly places by precincts was as

                             _Miscellaneous Places_
              Separate                                 disorderly
              disorderly   Allied        Semi-public   saloons, etc.
              saloons,     with          used by       and miscellaneous
              concert      prostitution  prostitutes   places
  Precincts   halls, etc.

      1         ..             2            ..             2
      2         ..            ..             1             1
      5         ..            ..            ..            ..
      6         11            ..            ..            11
      7         ..            ..            ..            ..
      8         ..            ..            ..            ..
     10         ..            ..            ..            ..
     12         ..            ..            ..            ..
     13          4            ..            ..             4
     14          2            ..            ..             2
     15         11            15            ..            26
     16          7            ..            ..             7
     17         ..            ..            ..            ..
     18         18             8            ..            26
     21         13             4            ..            17
     22         38             7             1            46
     23         26            13             5            44
     25         12             2            ..            14
     26         50            11             3            64
     28         15             1             3            19
     29          2            ..             1             3
     31         ..            ..            ..            ..
     32         20             3             5            28
     33          1            ..            ..             1
     35         ..            ..            ..            ..
     36         26            ..             1            27
     39         26             3            ..            29
     40          3             1            ..             4
     43         23             1            ..            24
               ---           ---           ---           ---
  Totals       308            71            20           399

The total number of actual vice resorts of all kinds discovered in
Manhattan was 1,606, situated at 1,007 different addresses; in the 26th
precinct, 174 were found,--29 parlor houses, 17 massage parlors, 102
tenement resorts, 10 furnished room houses, 16 hotels; in the 22nd
precinct, 148 disorderly places were located, 22 parlor houses, 3 massage
rooms, 75 tenement resorts, 41 furnished room houses, 7 hotels.

The investigator who succeeds in establishing himself on a footing of
unsuspected familiarity in the underworld is soon admitted to confidences
which show how the underworld accounts to itself for the comparative
statistics above given. The credibility of the confidences in question
each reader must decide for himself. Among themselves, as has already been
pointed out, owners, madames and women talk freely. The conversations
overheard are not staged, nor are they exceptional in character. Our
agents participated in and reported in the form of affidavits frequent
conversations and discussions, in which the relations between police and
promoters formed the main or sole topic. Whether the details are literally
accurate or not these conversations, reported from all sections of the
city, and by different observers, working independently of one another, at
least portray the state of feeling and opinion of the participants and
their like.

On March 7, 1912, a group of men[232] interested in a West 26th Street
house[233] were discussing prospects. "Profits are not what they used to
be," complained one of them. "I used to be able to bank $600 or more every
week. To-day my receipts are $1,500 a week, but see,--thirteen plain
clothes men[234] get $10 a month each; one of them, a tough proposition,
gets $25; two patrolmen get $2 each a day; the lieutenant and sergeant get
$5 a month; besides, regular protection costs $100 a month, paid to a
go-between,[235] once a wardman. And then I've got to buy tickets and
contribute to funds for strong arm guys in trouble."

Mysteriously rapid communication of inside information as to police policy
and movements is a frequent theme. A well-known owner was in conference
with his mates on March 21, 1912. "They are all transferred, not one of
them is here," he announced in reference to the plain clothes men. It
subsequently developed that at the time the statement was made, the men
transferred had themselves not yet learned that such a step was

On May 2, 1912, a card game and drinking-bout was in progress at a
well-known establishment. The following dialogue took place:

"How is business?" asked one of the men, as he was shuffling the cards.

"Well, we run pretty strong," replied the other. "Let us hope that it will
keep up. There's a new style nowadays. The 'coppers' don't call us out any
more; we deal with an outsider."

"Who is it?" asked the questioner (our agent).

"What do you care?" was the reply. "Do I ask you who you gave-up to,

After the Rosenthal murder, however, the aspect of affairs changed. About
six o'clock in the evening of July 18 the "king" was consulted by several
anxious associates to ascertain whether he had "seen" anybody. He replied
that he had, and that everything was all right, unless something
unforeseen should happen, as the "squeal" thus far involved only the
gamblers. Suspense was thereby relieved and great was the merriment
thereon. "It might be better if we had a grocery store," suggested one of
the wits present. A week later, however, the situation was more squally.
It had begun to be whispered that "the police would take no protection
money on the first of the coming month." It was recalled that on a
previous occasion 12 houses in a certain block had each paid $500 on
Monday and that on the following Saturday, the houses were smashed up.
"The same thing might happen here," remarked an anxious proprietor. On the
day that payment was to be made, August 1, to be precise, a well-known
owner entered a West 26th Street resort with a big roll of bills, as to
the destination of which he was in doubt. One of his pals had left town,
the other was in jail. He "didn't know whether the police would take it or
not." Suddenly a brilliant idea struck him; he turned to our agent who was
supposed to be conducting an uptown flat and to be in position to secure
protection, offering him the money. "You take it," he suggested, "see what
you can do. Maybe you can connect."

To the same effect is the testimony of a memorandum procured under
somewhat dramatic conditions. On May 3, 1912, a large group of
owners[237] were engaged in playing cards at a well-known establishment.
Two of the group stopped their game in order to engage in calculations
involving the sale of a third-interest in a house in West 25th Street. The
memorandum was subsequently obtained by our agent. Six different accounts
figured in the calculation of income, expenses, profits, etc. In the
matter of expenses, $631 appear as paid out for the following items:
"Buttons" (_i. e._, uniformed police) $166; sergeant, $30; "gang" (perhaps
plain clothes men) $104; club (meaning unknown), $200; boss, $25; smaller
items absorb the remainder.

Personal conversations between police officers, owners of disorderly
places and our investigator, supposed to be one of themselves, pointing to
intimate dealings and relations, were likewise frequently reported with
additional data identifying those concerned. On March 18th, 1912, it was
reported that a uniformed officer[238] called at a well-known disorderly
house[239] asking for a notorious owner;[240] he explained his errand in
these words, written down from memory shortly afterwards: "I'm broke. He
hasn't seen me for a few nights and I would like to have some 'sugar.'"
Two days before, two plain clothes men, in passing a well-known hangout,
beckoned one of the owners to come outside; shortly after he returned,
remarking to his comrades, "The 'dogs' are outside."

About two o'clock one afternoon, three men, two of them well-known owners
of a place in West 35th Street,[241] were standing in West 30th Street,
100 feet from the station house; when a few moments later the plain
clothes men started to go on duty, one[242] of them beckoned to two of the
officers[243] and engaged them in prolonged conversation. Its purport was
subsequently summarized to his friends: "Don't worry!"

At times a "collector" is said to be the intermediary in transactions
similar to those implied in the foregoing incidents. Among the best known
of these is a saloonkeeper[244] once enjoying the reputation of protecting
the entire Red Light district, at that time situated in Allen Street. His
saloon[245] is now a hangout for thieves, gamblers and the like. Two
patrolmen and an officer[246] are named as coming to his resort to "fix"
pimp cases. The "lookout"[247] for a Sixth Avenue[248] establishment
remarked, in describing the financial operations of the place, that he
receives 10 percent of the profits monthly, that $200 a month go to
inspector and captain, and that the patrolman[249] is paid nightly. An
individual who has been publicly accused of being a vice graft
collector[250] entered a disorderly flat in West 58th Street[251] on June
15, 1912, for the purpose of perfecting arrangements in regard to
protection. The madame[252] expressed herself as satisfied with the way in
which she was being treated.[253] She stated, however, that her neighbor
downstairs "had a scrap with the collector for the police[254] over
protection and that he had refused to take her money any more. The result
is that every one of the 'underdogs' (_i. e._, plain clothes men) comes
running to her every night with a different complaint and you know what
that means. She has 'to see them' every time they come. In the long run,
it costs three or four times as much; and she got a 'collar' (_i. e._,
arrest) in the bargain." One of our agents witnessed, on the evening of
June 1, 1912, a settlement between a well-known collector for the police
in New York City and the owners of 15 different establishments, situated
between West 18th Street and West 36th Street. At one o'clock in the
morning, they sat around a large table[255] on which four piles of money,
the smallest denomination being $5 bills, were heaped up. It had been paid
to the police collector, who carried it away in a violin case.

The foregoing incidents explain why a district such as Seventh Avenue is
called a "money post."[256]

The employment of pressure, in order to bring about a certain kind of
differentiation of neighborhoods, is exemplified in the following
instance: A notorious madame informed our agent that she was going to open
a house in West 40th Street,[257] but admitted that she would have to be
careful, because cheaper resorts would not be permitted in that vicinity.
Through the good graces of a high official[258] whom she named, she
claimed that she had succeeded in maintaining and quietly conducting a low
grade establishment there.

The peaceful operation of disorderly resorts is disturbed from time to
time by raids, as in the instance above noted, in which one madame "got a
collar," while her competitor on the floor above remained unmolested.
Raids are variously accounted for by those who suffer: now on the score of
punishment or revenge, as in the case last mentioned; again, for the
purpose of "covering the captain on the blotter," _i. e._, that he may
make a good showing in his report to the Inspector; sometimes--so it is
alleged--in order to keep the owners and their madames in line so that
they will be sure to pay the protection money. The police know who the
owner or madame is without even entering the house, and warrants are
declared to be sworn out in many instances without any evidence at all. It
is understood between operators and real estate agents that when a house
is opened the owner must "stand for" an occasional "collar," though the
latter sometimes protests vehemently. For instance, March 14, 1912, the
indignant owner[259] of a place on Sixth Avenue[260] declared his house
had been raided the night before for no reason. "If they don't stop that,
I'll holler," he added; "they have to discharge that case or I'll know the
reason why." Usually when houses are raided, the real culprits escape
arrest. It was reported on August 15th that 18 disorderly resorts had
been entered by the authorities. Only a few housekeepers and colored maid
servants were arrested.

Frequent reports deal with the presence of police officers in and about
disorderly saloons and hotels. On January 25, an officer was drinking in
the rear room of a disorderly saloon on St. Nicholas Avenue.[261] On
February 1 two officers were served with beer and cigars in the rear room
of a similar resort on Columbus Avenue.[262] On March 9 a man, accompanied
by a street walker, entered a hotel in West 35th Street.[263] In the hall,
a police officer[264] in full uniform, was standing with a bottle of beer
in his hand. His number is in our possession. On March 4, a street walker
was arrested in Sixth Avenue in front of a well-known café.[265] Thereupon
a lighthouse called the owner of his establishment[266] who induced the
plain clothes man[267] to release the woman.

The entire situation as respecting alleged police relations was described
by all our investigators as radically altered by the events following the
Rosenthal murder. Thirty houses were reported as closed in September. In
one case closure was so sudden that the girls were not paid off.[268] They
exhibited their punched cards and threatened vengeance unless
reimbursed--one to the extent of $5.50, another to the extent of $4. The
madame[269] of a house in West 28th Street[270] described herself on
September 29 as "down and out." In early October, the proprietor was
himself more optimistic: "It's only a question of two or three days," he
declared, "and we've got to expect these things." The owners therefore
continued in many instances to pay rent for their now empty houses. Early
in October, the impression got abroad that conditions were once more
propitious: About 2 P. M., October 4, a group of owners held a meeting on
Second Avenue,[271] later adjourning to Sixth Avenue,[272] where they
again went into "executive session." Several important persons were
present.[273] On the strength of a report that the houses could open
slowly it was decided at this meeting that certain houses would commence
"business" at 8 o'clock that evening, a few more the next day, and a few
the next. Accordingly, at the appointed hour, the owners turned on the
lights in eight houses situated in West 24th Street,[274] Sixth
Avenue,[275] West 31st Street,[276] and West 28th Street.[277] Things
however miscarried and the houses were again closed. The chief owner[278]
was indignant: on November 10, 1912, he admitted[279] that it was a "lousy
tip" he had got, though it "looked good" at the time. He named the
source--a practicing lawyer.[280]

Since the close of this investigation on November 15, 1912, in consequence
of the activity of the police growing out of the Rosenthal murder, and
the investigations conducted by the Aldermanic and Legislative Committees,
the method of conducting the business of prostitution in houses has
changed materially. For instance, in the more expensive houses, the $5 and
$10 resorts, madames do not allow actual violations of the law on the
premises, but have the women sit in the parlor awaiting calls. One such
resort is located in an apartment in West 43rd Street,[281] where twenty
women were found sitting in the parlor on March 10, 1913. The madame, who
has a large personal acquaintance with patrons of a better class, simply
awaits telephone calls requesting a lady companion. Knowing the tastes of
her customers, she sends one of the women to an appointed place. Thus
there is no violation of the law on the premises, and the police are
unable to "cover" the situation. But a number of low-priced houses have
opened in the old way on a smaller scale: March 12, 1913, three resorts,
one each in Sixth Avenue,[282] West 28th Street[283] and West 40th[284]
were operating with two or three inmates each, all wearing street clothes.
The third inspection district was at this time declared to be free from
police molestation. Current talk in the district explains this immunity on
the ground that police and owners were so involved with each other, that
effective action on the part of the former was prevented by fear that the
latter would turn on the light. "They are all opening up," remarked one
owner, while chatting with sympathizers in a cigar store[285] in West
116th Street, as recently as March 15, 1913. One owner[286] then had six
houses going. "God pity the police if they interfere!" Of a well-known
inspector,[287] it has been said, that "having taken money, he can't well
step on anybody's corns." A former wardman,[288] now wearing a uniform in
the service of the West 125th Street station house, remarked hardly a
fortnight ago to two men, one an owner, the other a former associate: "Sit
tight; you're getting a little; you're making expenses; squealing seems to
be a fad nowadays." Among places now quietly running under changed
ownership may be mentioned one each in West 26th Street, West 28th, West
29th, West 31st, West 34th; two in Sixth Avenue and three in West 40th

Confidence is strong in the underworld that "hard times" will not last;
the police who are reputed to have worked in collusion with the exploiters
of prostitution share the same view. "It will all blow over"--that is the
refrain to every discussion. History is quoted to support this hopeful
interpretation of present conditions. A similar repressive policy was
instituted in 1907. Houses were closed; some owners with their madames and
girls left the city and others betook themselves to flats and hotels. For
three years, the business was timid, quiet, unobtrusive, gradually feeling
its way back. By January, 1911, the promoters had all returned, keen to
recoup; by the succeeding year, they had restored their former prosperity.
Now once more their schemes have been disorganized. The tide is turning
against them. But they have seen that happen before and they are confident
that, as in the past, the "good old days" will return. A prominent
madame[290] was on September 18 still paying rent for two houses, one in
West 25th Street,[291] one in West 31st Street.[292] "We outlive all those
dogs," declared an old-timer,[293] who had lived through all the spasmodic
efforts at suppression undertaken in the last fifteen or twenty years.

Talk in the underworld does not stop with the police department: it
involves the judiciary and prosecutors as well. There is no
misunderstanding the prevalent feeling: these men and women are
hurt,--wounded to the quick--because, as they constantly assert, having
kept their part of the bargain by paying for protection, the officials do
not so regularly "deliver the goods." Our investigators report many
interviews to this effect. The owner of a house in West 35th Street has
been keenly worried by a three-months' sentence meted out to his
madame.[294] "He had understood that judges were not giving 'prison,' as
several such cases had been lately discharged." He instanced one from West
28th Street,[295] another from West 25th Street.[296] "You know what it
costs to discharge a case," he added feelingly. On August 30, 1912, three
men met at Eighth Avenue and 28th Street; one of them bitterly reviled an
official in the criminal court building. "He has no right to do this. Why,
didn't we once pay him $4,000,--$150 for each house, to keep out of the
district? There were no more raids then,--but now!"[297] On the 17th of
October, 1912, several disorderly house cases from the Tenderloin were
tried in special sessions: the places were notorious,--involving among
others the madames of houses in West 31st and West 36th Streets. The
disposition made of them represents the characteristic uncertainty of the
action of the court of special sessions. Two of the defendants were
acquitted, two were convicted, but received suspended sentences, two were
fined fifty dollars apiece, and one pleaded guilty, receiving a penalty of
imprisonment for thirty days.

There are a number of lawyers in New York City who are being constantly
employed by the owners of disorderly houses to defend their cases in the
courts. Their fees vary according to their standing. A former magistrate,
who has an office on Broadway, charges $100 for appearing in Special
Sessions. He has latterly succeeded in securing the acquittal of the
madame of a West 28th Street[298] house. Another lawyer[299] with an
office on Park Row, charges from $15 to $25 for his appearance in the
police court, and $50 altogether if he has to appear in a higher court.

A few weeks ago one of the madames was sentenced to the penitentiary for
three months. During the evening of the day on which she was sentenced,
the lawyer who had appeared for her came to a resort[300] where a number
of owners had gathered. They upbraided him for pleading "Guilty, your

"Why didn't you show fight?" demanded one.

"Well," he replied, "there was a time when I used to walk into the court
room and make a bargain with the judges when there were three or four
charges pending against one woman. I used to say, 'Your Honors, we will
make this bargain day. There are four charges against this woman. What
will you do? Unless you are lenient, I will fight you and take up your
time.' The fine as a rule was no more than $100 for three or four charges.
At that time, the coppers used to break in a house and raid it just to get
the money for the fine. But times have changed."

As some street walkers are picked up by the plain clothes men and brought
into court, they hire by preference a lawyer[301] who lives on West 10th
Street.[302] This man agrees to procure their discharge for $50,
distributed as follows:

$10 for the bondsman to bail her out, if necessary;

$15 for his, the lawyer's services, and

$25 to go to the arresting officer for his testimony.

It is alleged that the lawyer in question has agents on Sixth Avenue
keeping tab on the street walkers. When the girl is "picked up," these
agents are on the ground and see that he gets the case; he guarantees to
turn her out for $50 or more, whatever he can get, but under no conditions
accepts less than $35. If the girl has no ready money and has jewelry,
that is taken as security. The first thing he does is to have the case
adjourned for two days, which means no less than $15 for bail. During the
two-days' adjournment, the lawyer "feels out" the plain clothes man who
"picked up" the girl. If the detective falls, he usually gets $15 from the
lawyer's fee. If the detective insists on prosecuting, the lawyer has a
man ready to swear that it was he who was in conversation with the woman
at the time she was arrested, though this is not usually necessary. If the
plain clothes man has made an affidavit prior to the granting of the
adjournment and is ready to "fall," he will permit the lawyer to entangle
him in his cross-examination and to bring it out that he, the plain
clothes man, approached the girl, and, in other ways, will contradict
himself "safely." This is resorted to when the affidavit is unfavorable to
the girl.

Despite the enormous volume of prostitution in Manhattan, the actual
number of convictions is small, and the main culprits go scot-free.

During a period of nine months, ending September 30, 1912, 143 disorderly
house cases were tried in Special Sessions. Twenty-five pleas of guilty
were entered, 82 were convicted, 32 acquitted, and other disposition was
made of 4.

The total number of disorderly house cases received in this court from
January 1, 1912, to October 1, 1912, was 180, and on September 30, 1912,
there were 62 actions still pending.

Of the 107 cases in which the defendants were found guilty or pleaded
guilty, the following dispositions were made:

  Jail sentences           80
    Average term being          3 months and 27 days

  Fines                    18
    The total amount being      $2,325.00
    or an average fine of          129.00

  Suspended sentences       9

In general, the convictions secured were those of employees, the
prevailing rules of evidence making it almost impossible to reach the

In the matter of saloons, for the year ending September 30, 1912, the
Excise Commission in New York County brought revocation proceedings which
resulted in the denial of the privilege of traffic in liquor for one year
in only 6 cases. During the same period, the Commissioner brought 143
actions to recover the penalty under bond, of which 18 were cash bond
places. These cases, we understand, refer particularly to disorderly

From October, 1911, to September, 1912, 159 arrests were made for
prostitution in tenement houses under Section 150 of the Tenement House
Law. Of these, 36 were discharged and 123 convicted. Eighty-four of those
convicted were sent to the workhouse for six months, 27 were put on
probation, and other dispositions were made of 12.

Between January 1, 1912, and December 31, 1912, or approximately during
the period of this investigation, the Tenement House Department recorded
247 prostitution complaints at 211 separate addresses in Manhattan. The
time which elapsed between the receipt of the complaint and the report of
the inspector was: returned the same day, 5 cases; from 1 to 5 days, 55
cases; 6 days to 2 weeks, 139 cases; 15 days to 1 month, 38 cases; and
over 1 month, 9 cases and one unknown. The average number of days which
elapsed between the receipt of the complaint and the final report of the
Tenement House Inspector is 10.75, which represents prompter action than
was previously obtained. In the period from August 1, 1902, to October,
1908, the average length of time which elapsed between the receipt of a
prostitution complaint and the final report of the inspector was 11.28

       *       *       *       *       *

In conclusion, it is proper to state that the purpose of the foregoing
chapter is to picture a situation and not by implication to indicate the
responsibility for it. Whether the discrepancies between our reports and
official records are due to bad laws impossible of enforcement, to the
instructions emanating from superior officials, to inefficiency, to
corruption, to the existence of evils with which no official machinery can
cope, or finally to all these causes operating together, we do not
undertake to say or to imply. The facts are as stated above; the situation
portrayed by them actually exists. It is for the community to consider
their significance, and to devise such measures as careful reflection may



_By Katharine Bement Davis, Superintendent._

_Sources_:--The materials for this study are found in the records of 647
prostitutes committed from New York City to the State Reformatory for
Women at Bedford Hills.[304] Of these, 279 were in the institution at the
time the study was made. The remainder were either on parole or had been
discharged on completion of sentence. The data are gathered from the
girls' own stories supplemented by information from their families, from
correspondence with previous employers, interviews with officials of other
institutions, letters received and sent by the women themselves; from the
officers who chaperone all visits to the girls while in the institution
and from personal acquaintance extending in every case from three months
to several years. The difficulties inherent in the compilation of such
statistics are obvious. Certain data, such as birthplace, age, size of
family, education, religion and previous occupation, are probably very
nearly accurate. When we leave the domain of facts easily verifiable and
come to the question of causes of prostitution, earnings of prostitution,
reasons for coming to New York City, past institution records, conjugal
condition, there is always a possibility of error. But we believe the
study is, on the whole, a fair picture of the New York City prostitute who
is convicted in the New York City courts. It may be said that the women
convicted in the courts are not a fair sample of New York prostitutes as a
class, for the reason that the more prosperous ones are so protected as
not to suffer molestation from the police. A comparison, however, of the
tables of the institution cases with the cases of women on the streets
which include all grades from those who frequent the more expensive hotels
down, will not show wide variations.

_Birthplace and Parentage_:--New York's population is composed of as
heterogeneous elements as any city on the continent. It is the meeting
place of the nations. What effect has this on the composition of a body of
New York prostitutes? Does the native-born American who has enjoyed the
economic and social advantages of this country contribute a greater or
less percentage than the various groups of foreign-born? Interesting from
the point of view of our immigration problem is the proportionate number
contributed by each of the chief races in New York City.

An analysis of the 647 Bedford cases shows that American-born whites
contribute 62.75 percent of the entire number; American-born colored women
furnish 13.14 percent while the foreign-born women are 24.11 percent of
the total. (See Table I.) A preliminary bulletin issued by the United
States Census Bureau for the Census of 1910, places the native white
population of New York City at 57.3 percent, while the foreign population
is estimated at 40.4 percent of the entire population. According to this,
the American-born contribute more and the foreign-born less than their
proportion to the Bedford prostitutes. But 647 cases are a very small
number on which to base any judgment. We have at hand, however, some other
statistics. The histories of 610 prostitutes in other institutions have
been analyzed.[305] Of these, 168 or 27.2 percent were white foreign-born
and 68.5 percent were white American-born. In the study of 1,106 street
cases, all white women, made in connection with this report, we find 31
percent foreign-born and 68.9 percent American-born.[306] The percentage
of foreign-born is here somewhat higher than in the institution cases
because practically no colored women were included among the street cases
and few in the institutions other than Bedford. Combining the three sets
of records, or 2,363 cases, we have 67 percent American-born white as
against 28 percent foreign-born; a poor showing for the American-born.
(See page 250, Table XLIX, columns III and IV.)

Taking up a comparison of the different nationalities, we find that in the
Bedford cases the countries in the order of their numerical contributions
stood as follows: Russia, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Ireland,
England-Scotland, France, and Italy. (See Table XLIX, column II.) Ranking
the contributions to the 610 cases in the other institutions in the same
way, the first five places on the list were identical. Canada comes sixth
and France is relegated to eighth place. (Table, column III.) Examining
the street cases in the same way, Russia comes first, Germany and
Austria-Hungary exchange places as do Ireland and England-Scotland,
France and Italy occupying sixth and seventh places. (Table, column IV.)
Combining all records, the order is the same as for the street cases with
the exception that Ireland and England-Scotland are reversed. (Table,
column V.) Ranking the foreign-born population of New York City in point
of numbers, we have Russia, Germany, Ireland, Austria-Hungary,
England-Scotland, and France. (Table, column IV.) Dropping out Italy, the
order remains as in column V.

Table L shows numbers and percentages. From this, it would seem that, with
the exception of Italy, the various foreign groups contribute prostitutes
in numbers proportioned to their numerical rank but not in proportion to
their percentage of the total population; thus, Russia forming a trifle
over 10 percent of the population contributes only about 8.3 percent of
prostitutes; Germany and Austria-Hungary come very near to contributing
their full quota; Ireland only about half, while England-Scotland send us
a very few more and France a good many more than their proper proportion.
It is a well-known fact that Italy sends to the United States every year,
many hundred unmarried men or men without their families. This probably
accounts for the small proportion of Italy's contribution. It may be
argued that this is not a fair rating as we have no complete census of New
York prostitutes, but owing to the methods employed in securing our
material both in and out of institutions, we probably have here as
representative a group of prostitutes as can be found, and a fair cross
section of the entire number. It might be a more just comparison if we
had the figures for the female population of the various national groups
within the age limits of the women studied, but that is not attainable.
With the exception of the Italian and possibly some of the component parts
of the Russian and Hungarian groups, the figures used here are believed to
be fairly comparable.

Unfortunately, we have not the data for the parentage of any group except
that of the Bedford cases. Table II shows the nationality of parents in
detail with the greatest possible attainable accuracy. Table III gives the
summary. The graph accompanying Table II represents the same thing to the

We find that the native-born of foreign parentage is about 51 percent. The
native-born of American parentage is 18.5 percent. Mixed parentage means
one native-born and one foreign-born parent.

Table IV compares these percentages with the parentage of the native
population of New York City. The Tribune Almanac for 1912 gives the native
white of native parents as 19.3 percent of the total population while the
native white of foreign parents is 38.2 percent. Comparing, we see that
the native parents contribute about their proportionate quota; the
foreign-born of foreign parents contribute less than their quota, while
the group that contributes out of proportion to its percentage in the
population, is that of the native-born of foreign parents. This is not
surprising when we remember that here we have a group in which the fathers
and mothers belong to a civilization with speech, tradition and habits
different from those of the country in which they are living. The
children, native-born Americans with American companions and American
schooling, adopt American ideals often not of the highest and are very
apt, even when quite young, to feel that they know more than their
parents. Lacking in any feeling of reverence, they early refuse to listen
to the counsels of their parents. On the other hand, the parents often
stand in awe of the superior cleverness, usually superficial, of their
American-born children. An observation extending over twelve years of the
relations between foreign-born fathers and mothers and their American-born
daughters, leads me to feel that right here lies one of the important
points of attack in preventive work.

_Status of Family_:--Occupation of father. Before we are in a position to
deal fairly with any problem, we must know all the elements which enter
into it. The most important factor in the study of any individual is the
kind of family from which he comes. The occupation of a man has very
little to do with his moral worth or his good citizenship; but it enables
us in a general way, to place him as to his position in society. By his
earning capacity we can judge something of the kind of home he can make
and the opportunities he can give his children. We have, accordingly,
included in our Bedford study, the occupation of the girls' fathers. It
will be observed from Table V that the largest single group is that of
unskilled labor which forms 21.3 percent of the whole. Men engaged in the
mechanical trades form the next largest group, or 18.6 percent; the
professions stretched to their limit furnish only 15 individuals or 2.4

_Size of Family_:--It has sometimes been claimed that the number of
children in a family has a direct bearing on prostitution. One theory
suggested is that prostitutes are apt to be members of a large family
where economic pressure is great, where a girl is either driven out by
want or has failed to receive proper education and training as a result of
insufficient means. In individual cases, undoubtedly, this is true. We
have a young woman of German parentage, nineteen years of age, at Bedford
at the present time, who was the eldest of ten children. She has never
been to school a day in her life, nor to church or Sunday School. She is
as much of a heathen as if she had been born in Central Africa. As a
child, she had to stay at home to "mind the baby" and there was always
one. As she grew older, she became tired of the over-crowded home, had
never received any training which would fit her for any occupation, fell
an easy prey to a young man who took her fancy; and it was but another
step into prostitution as a means of livelihood. We could tell a number of
such stories where we feel confident that a very large family on very
small means is largely to blame for the downfall of the older daughters.

On the other hand, it is held by some that only daughters are more apt to
go wrong than those who have brothers and sisters to hold them up to
family standards. It is claimed that an only daughter is apt to be
pampered and spoiled, never learns obedience and is often discouraged from
earning her own livelihood by her parents with the idea that her social
position is thus bettered and she will be more likely to make a good
marriage. One very marked case of this kind we have at this present
moment at Bedford. The girl's father and mother are small shopkeepers,
perfectly respectable but very injudicious people. The girl was allowed to
believe all through her girlhood that she could have anything she wanted;
and when her wants exceeded the possibility of gratification by her
parents, she gratified them in any way she could.

Table VI, which gives the size of the families from which our 647 cases
come, shows that in the largest number of cases our girls were one of
three brothers and sisters. The next largest group is that of four in the
family, two and five brothers and sisters having the same number of
representatives. The average number of children is 3.99, not greatly above
the average number of children per family in the general community which
is given in the census of 1910 as 2.7 percent for New York City. Our
figures, therefore, so far as they go, would seem to prove nothing special
except that girls go wrong in families of all sizes.

_Occupation of Mother_:--Probably of more importance than the size of the
family is the economic position of the mother, particularly during the
years of the daughter's adolescence. It is a vital loss if a girl's mother
is away from home all day, leaving her after school hours to associates of
whom the mother knows nothing and who may be most questionable in their
influence on her developing character. In 145 instances, or in 22.4
percent of the total number of cases studied, the mother worked outside
the home. Table VII gives a list of the occupations of working mothers,
with the number in each group. It will be seen that the women who went
out for day's work are much the largest group. They went out to wash, to
clean, to scrub offices and for other unskilled labor. The laundresses
were employed partly in steam laundries and partly in private families and
came home at night. Of the 145 mothers who worked, there were 94 who were
widows; one mother was divorced; the husband and father in one case was an
inmate of a sanitarium for tuberculosis; in one case the father was in an
insane asylum; in 8 cases the father had deserted his family; in 40 cases
the husband and father was alive and working. The necessity for earning a
livelihood explains simply the leaving of children alone in the group of
widows. In the 40 cases where the husband was working, no special
necessity for the mother's occupation is shown by our data. The 40
husbands and fathers whose wives went out to work, were engaged in
thirty-one different occupations, no one group numbering more than four
men. These were the day laborers. Three were colored cooks; three were
teamsters; two were carpenters; others include a stationary engineer, a
walking delegate, an insurance agent, a market man, an elevator man, etc.

Neither did the size of the family afford a special excuse, as in these
forty families there was an average of four children. One family contained
ten children; two families each had seven and eight respectively, while
the greatest number in any one group was ten families with three children
each. It may be that the father was inefficient or irregular in his
occupation or the family standards of living were higher. It would be
necessary to know all of these details in each family to offer any opinion
as to reasons and we have not these data.

But the 94 cases of working widows do not cover all the cases where the
father was dead. Of these there were 170. Thirty of the mothers had
remarried; two received pensions; in three cases the mothers' whereabouts
were unknown and in 41 cases she was supported by her older children or by
relatives. Of the total group of fatherless girls there were 154 who had
lost their fathers before they had reached an age where they could receive
their working papers; 73 were over fourteen; 36 did not know the date of
their fathers' death. Among these were some of the orphans and probably
some girls who were not willing to tell all they knew. Of the 94 girls
whose widowed mothers were employed, 61, or 64 percent lost their fathers
before they had reached a working age. One hundred and two girls whose
fathers were living had lost their mothers previous to their admission to
Bedford. In 42 instances the father had remarried and in 20 instances the
fathers' whereabouts were unknown, but they were believed to be living.
One hundred and fifteen out of 195 girls in the motherless group had lost
their mothers when under fourteen years of age. Of the 93 orphans, 43 had
been brought up by relatives, 10 by strangers and 20 in orphan asylums;
twenty were old enough to earn their living at the time of their father's
death. To summarize, only 282, or 43.5 percent of the women studied, had
both parents living.

Until very recently, the Reformatory has had no field worker. Our
knowledge of the families of our girls has been obtained as stated in the
first section. Accordingly, much that would have a bearing on the
conditions which have made our girls what they are, is unknown to us. But
we do know that out of the 647 cases studied, in 130 different families
there were known degenerate strains. This is shown in the following table:

                                                    Total    Percent

  1. Alcoholism in family                    35
  2. Criminality in family                    5
  3. Epilepsy in family                       7
  4. Feeble-minded (very marked) parents      2
  5. General ill health of parents            9
  6. Insanity                                16
  7. Parents sex offenders                   21
  8. Syphilitic parents                      10
  9. Tubercular                              25      130      20.09

It is probable on the face of it that syphilis, tuberculosis and
alcoholism are likely to be much more generally present than is shown by
our figures.

Before we are prepared to say just how many of these factors affecting
home life are directly responsible for a girl's entering a life of
prostitution, we should be able to say that these factors were or were not
present to the same extent in affecting the lives of a group of girls of
about the same age, education, industrial efficiency and social status who
have not "gone wrong." Would there be as many orphans, as many motherless
girls, as many or more working mothers in any such group taken at random?
Until we can make such a study, it is not fair to consider the facts given
in these sections on the family as anything more than a picture of the
conditions from which our girls come.

_Education and Occupation_:--A girl's education and occupation are very
closely connected. We have data with reference to education so far as the
Bedford cases go, based on the actual examination of the girls. Table VIII
has something to say for compulsory education in New York City, especially
when taken in connection with the data from other institutions and from
the street cases. The table shows that 50 individuals, or 7.72 percent
cannot read or write any language. Of these, 15 are American-born.
Thirty-two can read and write a foreign language; 45.3 percent have never
finished the primary grades, while an additional 39.72 percent never
finished the grammar grades. Of the whole number, only 7.24 percent
finished the grammar grades. Thirteen individuals had entered but not
finished high school; only four individuals had graduated from high
school; three had had one year at a normal school and one out of 647 cases
had entered college. The institution cases other than Bedford make a
slightly better showing, but here, in a large percentage of cases, we have
nothing to go on but the girl's own statement. According to this, only 12
percent finished grammar grades and, according to their own admission,
11.4 percent of the street prostitutes cannot read or write in any
language and only 4 percent had finished the grammar grades. (See Tables.)

So far as the Bedford cases go, the industrial efficiency of the women is
about on a par with their education. Table X shows the occupation of these
girls before entering a life of prostitution. It will be noted that 243
or the largest group are general houseworkers, forming 37.5 percent of the
total number.

Almost all the studies of prostitution heretofore made have noted the high
percentage of women who were engaged in domestic service previous to
entering the life. So far as my observation goes, I do not believe that
this indicates any greater danger from domestic service itself as an
occupation than from any other in which unskilled girls engage. Domestic
service for women under existing economic conditions corresponds to casual
labor for men. It is the job where training and experience are unnecessary
in order to find work. Such services would not be desired by families
where efficiency is demanded and paid for. A very large proportion of our
girls were not competent workers but were girls employed in the lowest
stratum of families that employ domestic help at all and where standards
of service do not exist. This group includes almost all the colored girls
and a considerable number of the foreign-born white girls. The factory
operatives form the next largest group; clerks in department stores come
third. Ninety-two individuals, or 14 percent, had never engaged in any
occupation previous to having entered a life of prostitution. These were
either girls whose parents were fairly comfortably off and who preferred
to have their daughters at home pending matrimony, or girls who married
almost immediately upon leaving school and kept house until matrimony
became too much for them. A large proportion of all our young women were
not fit to fill any more responsible positions than those they held.

Comparing the occupations of the institution cases other than Bedford with
those shown in the Bedford table, we find that the factory operatives form
the largest group or 32.46 percent, domestic service and department stores
coming second and third. (See Table XXX.) The table of occupations of
street cases makes quite a different showing, which may or may not be due
to the desire of the girls to put the best foot foremost in giving their
histories to the investigator. Here the department store clerks form the
largest group. Nearly half of the histories, however, say that the girls
have never had any occupation previous to entering the life and in 101
cases, no statistics were given. (See Table XLVI). So far as education
goes, however, this group is no better equipped for filling more
remunerative positions than are the girls in the institutions. Their
racial distribution is about the same. There is not much reason to believe
that they were greatly different from the institution cases in industrial

For comparison with the occupational groups of women wage earners in New
York City in the population at large, the latest statistics available are
those of the United States Census of 1900. This gives the total number of
wage-earning women as 329,489. The groups which run into five figures are
as follows:

  1. Servants and waitresses   94,789  or  28.7%
  2. Factory operatives        36,458   "  11.06%
  3. Dressmakers               34,306   "  10.04%
  4. Saleswomen                20,578   "   6.2%
  5. Seamstresses              15,845   "   4.8%
  6. Laundresses               15,085   "   4.5%

It will be noted that the third group, which is a skilled trade, has very
few representatives among the prostitutes.

_Earnings_:--Until recently in our Bedford records, we have not
systematically recorded wages earned before entering prostitution. With
the beginning of this study, we endeavored to obtain the data from the
prostitutes now in the institution. We find, however, that the girls are
very hazy as to the exact amounts earned. They "don't remember" because
"they always gave all their earnings to their mother" is a frequent
statement. In 162 cases, however, they appeared to be sufficiently
accurate as to the maxima and minima of earnings to furnish reasonable
proof of the truth of their statements; particularly when taken in
connection with our knowledge of the girls' ability. The average minimum
is $4 and the average maximum is $8. It will be noted that even the
average maximum is below $9, an amount generally conceded to be the
minimum on which a girl can live decently in New York City. See Table IX.
By far, the largest number earned less than this, the average being pulled
up by the few girls who were more competent. In this connection we made an
inquiry of 194 young women who were at Bedford at the time the study was
made, as to whether they were living at home and as to the disposition of
their earnings at the time they entered prostitution as a business. Out of
194, one hundred and twenty-two claim to have been living at home. Of
these, 32 were supported by their parents or husbands and did not work
outside of their home; 53 were working and giving all they made to their
mothers; 39 were giving part of what they earned; 24 were living with
relatives and of these, 15 gave all they earned to their relatives, while
9 gave a part as board; 20 young women were working and boarding with
strangers. They claim they paid board ranging from $1.50 a week in one
case to one case which claims to have been paying $13.50. The greatest
number paid $4.00 per week. Twenty-six of the girls were domestics living
where they worked. See Table XI.

It is interesting to compare the statements in regard to wages made by the
girls in Bedford with the statements of those in other institutions and
especially with the statements made by the street cases. Table LI presents
this comparison. It will be noted that of the 420 cases considered, the
average maxima and minima varied between $9 and $13, a much higher point
than is reached by girls in the institutions. The total shows data for 238
girls who were domestic servants and 907 engaged in other occupations. In
the cases of institution girls, the knowledge that the statement which
they give can be checked up and verified by the institution officials,
will, in most instances, deter them from going wide of the mark. As this
was impossible in the majority of cases interviewed on the street, I feel
that not as much reliance can be placed on data as to salary. Granted,
however, that the data are reliable, there would seem to be no indication
of real economic pressure as a reason for entering an immoral life.

_Social Relations_:--Statistics with regard to social relations must be
taken with several grains of salt. A girl confined in an institution is
very anxious to maintain relations with men outside and sometimes
represents a man as her husband who is simply the man she has been
supporting by her wages of prostitution. Usually we find this out sooner
or later; but as we include in these statistics a considerable percentage
of girls whom we have known only for a few months, we cannot be certain.
According to present knowledge, out of 647 cases there are 193 married
women or 29.8 percent of the whole. (See Table XII.) In this connection it
may be said that marriages are apparently entered into with as little
consideration as one would give to the purchase of a new hat, and a
husband who has ceased to please is thrown aside as easily as an old
garment. New connections are entered into with very little regard to the
legal aspects of the case. Many a girl has said to me when arguing the
matter of a new relationship and the lack of legal separation from the
first, "But, Miss Davis, he did not deserve any consideration!" One girl
who has committed bigamy by marrying the second man, gave as her excuse,
which I think was perfectly genuine, that she wished to be respectable! In
a large proportion of cases of girls sent here for prostitution, one or
more men and sometimes as many as six stand ready to marry each as a means
of securing her release. These are not always the men with whom the girls
have been living nor the men whom they have been supporting. The most
extreme case that has come to my attention is that of one of our girls who
stopped a man on the street as she was being taken to the train by our
officer saying: "She is taking me to prison. Will you marry me to save
me?" He said "Yes," and actually wrote me asking to be allowed to do so.
It should be said in connection with married women, that we have record of
comparatively few husbands who are in good and regular standing, as the
tables in our annual reports will show.

It is equally difficult to get at the actual truth as to the number of
children that the unmarried women have had. The table shows the admissions
of 219 women on this point. There are 73 unmarried women who admitted
having had children; 16 were pregnant at the time of entering the
institution and 18 had previously been pregnant; 428 claim to have had no
children. In this connection it may not be amiss to note the fact that an
unmarried woman who has had a child is more apt to belong to the mentally
defective class discussed later on. The cleverer women know how to prevent

_Religion_:--Table XIII shows the religious affiliation of the Bedford
girls. At Bedford, separate services are held for Catholic, Protestant and
for Jewish women. On entrance they are asked to state their previous
religious connection or preference. They are advised, if they have no
definite religious preference, to attend the church to which their parents
belonged. They are also told that they may not change after once having
declared themselves. The table shows that 41.1 percent are Catholics, 38.9
percent are Protestants and 19 percent are Jews. The colored girls are
almost all included in the Protestant section.

The warden of the Jefferson Market District prison states in regard to the
religious affiliations of the 7,408 women sentenced from Jefferson Market
Day and Night Court in 1912, that there were 3,533 Catholics or 47.6
percent, 2,525 Protestants or 34.08 percent and 1,301 Jews or 17.4

The religion of the women committed for all offenses from all the courts
of Manhattan and the Bronx in 1912 is as follows:

  Catholic           4,630  or  44.4%
  Protestants        3,677   "  35.2%
  Jewish             1,880   "  18.03%
        Total       10,424

A comparison of these figures with the percentage of Catholics,
Protestants and Jews in the population of New York City would be
interesting. These latter figures are very hard to get at except in the
most general way. The latest authoritative study with which I am familiar
is that made by the United States Census Bureau in 1906. It gives the
church membership as reported by the various denominations as 1,838,482.
On a basis of a regular growth in population from 1900 to 1910, the
population of New York City in 1906 was about 4,235,010. On this basis,
only 43.4 percent of the population have church connections. Only the
heads of Jewish families are reported in this census. They are placed at
30,414. The World Almanac for 1913 is responsible for the statement quoted
from "Christian Work and Evangelist" that there are 905,000 Jews in New
York. This means racially as well as religiously Jewish. This would be
about 19 percent of the entire population. The Census for 1906 gives to
the Catholics 1,413,775, or 33.38 percent of the entire population and to
the various Protestant denominations only 327,690, or 8.8 percent of the
population. This would leave about 38 percent of the population without
direct church connection to be distributed as to original affiliations
between Catholic and Protestants. I should expect that here the
Protestants would outnumber the Catholics.

Bedford's quota of Protestant girls is high, among other reasons because
the House of the Good Shepherd, whose inmates are chiefly Catholics, is
much the largest of the private institutions to which delinquent women are
committed. I should personally believe that if we had the necessary data
we should find that, as in the case of the Jewish women, the Protestants
and Catholics would contribute in about their proportion in the community
at large to the whole group of prostitutes.

_Age_:--Table XIV shows in column 1 the ages of 647 prostitutes on their
commitment to Bedford. In column 2 it shows the age of the girl when she
says she committed her first sexual offense. We have the data only in 300
cases. Of these, 279 are cases still in the institution. The age on
entering prostitution is also only known for the cases in the institution,
as we did not attempt to secure this special data until the beginning of
the present study. It will be noted that about 7 percent of the whole
number committed their first offense before they were fourteen, and that
an additional 9 percent were fourteen at the time. There is, however, only
the difference of a year in the average time in committing the first
offense and in entering a life of prostitution. The graph which
illustrates this was made by using percentages in order to have comparable

_Various Other Contributing Factors_:--There has been considerable
discussion as to the relative influence of country and city life in the
production of character which leads to an irregular sexual life. We have
registered the birthplace of all the women included in this study. We find
that out of the 491 American-born women, 404 were born in cities while
only 85 are known to have been country-born. Of the city-born, 290 or 59.2
percent of the total number of American-born were born in New York City.
So far as this goes, it does not support the contention that the ranks of
prostitution are recruited from country girls brought to the city for the
purpose of immorality. We inquired of 139 girls in the institution at the
time the study was made who were born outside of New York City but
practised prostitution there, why they had come to New York. Seventy-eight
of these claim to have come to the city with their families, who moved
there for economic reasons. Only 9 admit having come with the purpose of
entering the life; one came with her lover; 10 "to see New York"; 26 for
work and 11 claim that they ran away from home to escape unpleasant
conditions and came to New York simply because it was the handiest thing
to do. Only 4 were unwilling to answer the question. In none of these
cases had we any information which would contradict the statements made by
the girls.

We have previously stated that 279 of the total number studied were in the
institution when this special study began. We were interested to know how
many of them were practising prostitution continuously and living
entirely by it. One hundred and sixty-six claim to have been practising it
continuously from the time they began; 55 either did not care to answer or
gave unsatisfactory answers in the sense that they were obviously
misleading; 58 claim to have been practising prostitution intermittently
simply to eke out their wages or to get extra money. Thirty-two of the
girls who were practising it at intervals and 43 who were practising it
continuously, were engaged in trade. Of these, domestic servants were the
largest single group, with factory operatives second. The girls who were
working at trades excluding domestic service, were for the most part
earning small wages; but the number of cases for which we have this data
are few, too few on which to base any conclusions. The weekly earnings
from prostitution as given by 146 girls who gave a maximum and of 95 girls
who gave a minimum, is also to be taken with allowances. See Table XIX. It
is our general experience that the majority of prostitutes have little
conception of the value of money. They earn it easily and spend it as
easily. Even among those who claim to make far more than the wages of even
well paid working girls, it is not infrequent to find young women without
changes of underclothing. These, of course, are the women who are not
patronized by a well-to-do class of men.

As indicative of the character of the girl, their statements as to the
reasons for their first sexual offense and of what they believe to be the
causes leading up to prostitution as a career are illuminating. One
hundred and eight out of 279 claim that their first wrong-doing was
because they yielded to a man whom they loved; 57 admit that it was for
pay; 62 claim to have been forced into the first act; 23 yielded where
there was no love and where neither money nor force was used, but
succumbed through weakness of will; two only state they did it because
they liked it; 27 "could not remember why." See Table XXI.

As will be seen when we discuss the mentality of the girls, they are not
as a class given to introspection or self-analysis. They are as a rule,
incapable of this even if they try. It appeared to us worth while,
however, to ask them what they thought were the reasons that led them into
an immoral life. It is a very rare thing for a girl to admit that she
would be willing to have a younger sister enter the life and this often
can be used as a key to secure their willingness to discuss the situation.
Two hundred and seventy-nine girls gave 671 reasons. We have grouped them
as well as we can. The surprising thing is that very few directly economic
reasons are given. It might be supposed that in friendly conversation, a
girl would wish to make the greatest possible excuse for herself, and that
the one most ready to hand would be the inability to earn a living. But in
only 19 cases was this given as an excuse; and by referring to a similar
table for street cases, it will be noticed that only 139 out of 1,106 gave
a directly economic reason. It will be noted that only 7 out of 671 gave
previous use of drink and drugs. As a result of experience, I should say
that drink is a consequence rather than a cause of a life of prostitution,
although a good many girls have admitted to me that their first
wrong-doing occurred after taking an unaccustomed drink. In this
connection our medical records at Bedford with regard to the use of
alcoholic drinks, drugs and cigarettes, show that at entrance 112
individuals, or 17 percent of the 647 women studied were suffering from
one or the other alone, or from combinations, as shown in the following


  Alcohol                                                45
  Drugs                                                  23
  Cigarettes                                              7
  Alcohol and cigarettes                                 18
  Alcohol and drugs                                       8
  Drugs and cigarettes                                    5
  Alcohol, drugs and cigarettes                           6
      Total                                             112   17.3%

    Not suffering at entrance from effects of above     535   82.6

Five hundred and thirty-five showed no injurious effects so far as was
evident from a physical examination. We cannot give figures as to the
exact number who used alcohol or cigarettes in moderation. We believe the
number to be high.

Sixteen of the 647 were tubercular and were transferred to institutions
for tuberculosis. No examination of the sputum was made except in cases of
suspects. Seven others were epileptic and there was one case of chorea
(St. Vitus Dance).

_Mentality_:--Of peculiar value, in view of the public interest in the
question of mental defect as a cause of delinquency, is a study of the
mentality of our 647 women. Twenty have been pronounced insane by
commissions in lunacy and have been transferred to asylums for the
insane. Three others will probably have to be transferred; 107 were
unhesitatingly pronounced distinctly feeble-minded. Not all of our 647
cases have been examined by our psychologist. One hundred and sixteen,
however, have had laboratory tests of various sorts. Among these tests,
all have been given the Binet test. The result has been as follows:


  Showing mentality of 5 year old child        2
    "         "     "  6  "    "    "          1
    "         "     "  7  "    "    "          6
    "         "     "  8  "    "    "          6
    "         "     "  9  "    "    "         29
    "         "     " 10  "    "    "         44
    "         "     " 11  "    "    "         26
    "         "     " 12  "    "    "          2

The 44 who have the mentality of a ten year old child and under were
unhesitatingly pronounced mentally defective. The 72 showing mentality
from ten to twelve years may possibly not be so-called. The 67 others
included among the 107 are those so mentally defective that there can be
no question as a matter of observation. Fifty-two others are distinctly
border line cases. This is the group which gives the most trouble in all
reformatory institutions. It is safe to say that 90 percent of all
disciplinary difficulties come from cases of this sort. They can be easily
divided into at least two groups. Thus divided, 26 are girls who can be
taught very little in school, whose general intelligence is low, but who
may perhaps be able to learn a certain amount of manual labor; these
cannot "stay good" any length of time. The other 26 are those who do well
in school, are capable of mastering even such subjects as algebra and
bookkeeping, but who have no moral sense or continuity of purpose. Eleven
others are also properly in this class but differ from the two preceding
groups in the character of their instability. If they were boys they would
be tramps. They are all girls who have run away from home, sometimes a
number of times, as well as from any place where they are put to service.

The foregoing figures mean that 193 individuals, or 29.8 percent, of the
number studied are decidedly mentally defective. This is an extremely
conservative estimate.

With the facilities which we are to have in the Laboratory of Social
Hygiene under the auspices of the Bureau of Social Hygiene, we expect to
get much more definite results not only as to the mentality but also as to
the physical condition and the social relations of the young women under
our care.

_Venereal Disease_:--The records of the Bedford Reformatory for girls show
that 20.56 percent of the 647 inmates have clinical manifestations of
venereal disease. The facts are summarized in the following table:

  Total number of inmates                               647
  Number free from clinical manifestations of disease   514
  Number showing clinical manifestations of disease     133
  Of the last named:
    Number with syphilis                                 61
                gonorrhoea                               54
                syphilis and gonorrhoea                   9
      "     "   disease unnamed                           8
      "     "   chancre                                   1
  Total                                                 133 (20.56%)

A series of complement fixation tests on blood specimens from 466 of the
inmates show, however, that a very much larger number are infected with
either syphilis or gonorrhoea or both of these diseases.[307] With the
Wassermann test 176, or 37.7 percent gave positive reactions; 273, or 58.6
percent gave negative reactions, and 17, or 3.6 percent gave doubtful
reactions. With a modification of the Wassermann technique where the tests
were allowed to stand for four hours at ice box temperature to fix
complement, instead of the usual one hour at 37°C. in the incubator, 224,
or 48 percent gave positive reactions, 212, or 45.4 percent gave negative
reactions and 30, or 6.4 percent gave doubtful reactions, showing an
increase of 10.3 percent of positive reactions for syphilis over the
method of fixing complement at 37°C. The same sera were tested by the
complement fixation test for gonorrheal infection with the result that 134
or 29 percent gave positive reactions; 234, or 50 percent gave negative
reactions and 98, or 21 percent gave doubtful reactions, fixing complement
at 37°C. for one hour. When the ice box method of fixation was used, 306
or 65.6 percent gave positive reactions; 101, or 21.7 percent gave
negative reactions and 59, or 12.6 percent gave doubtful reactions,
showing an increase of 36.9 percent of positive results over the method of
fixing complement at 37°C. in the incubator.

Vaginal smears from the same persons were examined but it was possible to
demonstrate the presence of the gonococcus in but five of them, although
many of them show the presence of numerous pus corpuscles.[308]

The full significance of the results above stated does not appear until
the statistics are summarized. Of the 466 girls tested, only 50, that is,
10.7 percent, are found to be free from venereal infection. Practically 90
percent showed infection; 170, or 36.4 percent gave positive reactions for
both syphilis and gonorrhoea; 27, or 5.79 percent were positive for
syphilis only, and 117, or 25.1 percent were positive for gonorrhoea

_Offenses_:--Not all of the 647 cases studied were committed to Bedford
for prostitution; but all were leading the lives of prostitutes in New
York City at the time of their commitment and the specific offense which
they committed was an incident in the life of prostitution.[310] Table
XXIV shows that 105 women or 16.22 percent were convicted of felonies,
while 450, or 69.55 percent were convicted of offenses directly connected
with prostitution. The 25 cases committed as disorderly children were
girls under eighteen years of age whose parents or relatives caused their
arrest and brought them into court as the only means of taking them from
the life. The 38 commitments for vagrancy were under Subdivision 3 and 4
of Section 887 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which defines a vagrant
as "a person who has contracted an infectious or other disease, in the
practise of drunkenness or debauchery, requiring charitable aid to restore
him to health" or "a common prostitute who has no lawful employment
whereby to maintain herself."

The stories of the following girls will illustrate the relation between
prostitution and crime in the cases of women sent to us for felonies or

A. B. was a girl of eighteen, convicted of manslaughter in the second
degree. She was not only leading a life of prostitution but was supporting
her lover by it. As is so often the case, she was very fond of the man and
intensely jealous when another girl won him away. She bought a sharp knife
and carried it for a month before she met the girl, who had tried to avoid
her. When at last they met, our girl stabbed her rival so seriously that
she died from the effects.

C. D. was also only eighteen years of age. She was convicted of shooting
her lover. The time had come when they were no longer happy together. A
quarrel arose on the street over a trivial matter. She wished to go to one
place and he to another. Neither would yield. He started across the street
to go his own way. She drew a pistol and shot him dead. Asked how she
happened to have a loaded pistol in her possession, she said that she has
always carried one ever since she came to New York. She thought it
necessary for self-protection.

The story of E. F., convicted of grand larceny in the first degree, was as
follows: She came north from a southern city thirteen years ago with her
mother, who died soon after. She had had a lover before her mother's
death. By him she had an illegitimate child. After the child was born he
married her but they were not happy together. Another man coaxed her away
from her husband. She claims he put her on the street, that she was
violently in love with him and supported him by prostitution. Finally she
was with a man whose watch she admired and coveted for her lover. She
stole it and gave it to her lover in whose possession it was found. Both
were convicted.

G. H. was a woman of twenty-four convicted of robbery. She had a husband
and two children. The husband was entirely able and willing to support
her. She became addicted to the use of opium. She claims it was first
prescribed by a physician during an illness. As the habit grew, she stole
money from the till in her husband's shop to supply herself with the drug.
The resulting friction between herself and her husband finally caused her
to leave home and enter a life of prostitution. She had been living the
life for two years at the time of her arrest for robbing a man of a
diamond pin.

Three women, sentenced for corrupting the morals of a minor, had young
girls with them whom they had brought to the city for immoral purposes.

The cases of assault were for the most part girls who had engaged in fist
fights, usually on account of rivalry.

The attempted suicide was a girl who had tired of the life which she had
led since she was fourteen years old and saw no other way out of it. She
had made three unsuccessful attempts before she was sentenced to Bedford.

_Previous Records_:--The law prohibits the sentencing of women to the
reformatory who have previously served a term in a state prison. With this
limitation the judge has the power of sending those who have served
numberless previous sentences for minor offenses if in his judgment there
is hope of reform in the particular case. Contrary to the impression of
many people, it is a very rare thing for a girl or woman to be sentenced
to an institution for what is really a first offense. Never in our
experience has a previously innocent girl been so sentenced.

Throwing light on the history of the prostitutes committed to Bedford,
Table XXV gives us some information as to the various institutions in
which they spent time previous to the Bedford commitment. The first
section of the table shows that 305, or 47.1 percent have had previous
institution experiences. In cases where these girls have been in more than
one institution, this first portion of the table gives the institution in
which she has spent the most time. Out of 647 cases, 255, or 39.4 percent
only, are not known to have been at least previously arrested. These
figures give the data that we know. The probabilities are that the tables
understate the facts. The latter half of the table shows the variegated
experience of a number of the women. We have no comparable data for the
cases from other institutions.

_Conclusion_:--As this is a statistical study, we have not touched upon
various phases of the lives of prostitutes which are of general public
interest. This is because we had not sufficiently accurate data to warrant
giving figures or percentages. For example, the relation of the women to
the men whom they support is a matter where verifiable data are very hard
to get. An increasingly large percentage of the women under our care state
that they were turning over the whole or a part of their wages to their
lovers. In other cases we were pretty well assured that this was the case
although it was denied by the girl.

As a result of our twelve years' experience we believe that there is an
increasing number of young women who live in furnished rooms and take
their patrons to hotels. A larger proportion of prostitutes in our early
days lived in houses of ill fame. Now in many instances, even if their
work is in these houses, they live outside and go to the houses only for
business purposes. A case in point is that of a girl only sixteen years of
age who worked in one of the houses conducted by the so-called
"syndicate." She was living with a young Italian who had lured her from
her home. He conducted her to this house every afternoon at four o'clock,
calling for her at five or six next morning and receiving her earnings
from the woman who ran the house.

A number of the young women included in this study have figured in white
slave cases. These commercialized phases of the social evil are dealt with
elsewhere in this report.



These tables comprise (1) _Analysis of histories of cases at Bedford_; the
histories in question were carefully compiled from the records and from
personal conferences and in so far as possible they were revised and
verified in the light of experience, outside inquiry, etc. (2) _Similar
analysis of cases from seven institutions in New York State and city other
than Bedford_; this material was gathered in different ways. In some
institutions two trained investigators interrogated the girls, checking up
their replies by the records of the institution wherever possible; in two
institutions, information was obtained from the records alone; in one,
from the girls alone. (3) _Analysis of histories of street, hotel, and
other cases_; these data were obtained by an experienced woman
investigator who interviewed the girls under conditions as favorable as
possible to her object.

In the matter of earnings, etc., where corroboration was in the nature of
things impossible, no responsibility for the accuracy of the statements
made by the girls is assumed.




  _Foreign Born_    _Native Born White_        _Native Born Colored_
  Austria     15     New York City      263    New York City        27
  Canada       1    Other parts                Other parts
                      N. Y. State        39      N. Y. State         3
  Cuba         2    Colorado              1    Alabama               1
  England     14    Connecticut           5    Connecticut           1
  France       8    District of Columbia  1    District of Columbia  2
  Finland      2    Florida               1    Florida               1
  Germany     26    Illinois              5    Georgia               2
  Holland      2    Iowa                  2    Kentucky              1
  Hungary     12    Kansas                1    Louisiana             2
  India        1    Maine                 2    Maryland              2
  Ireland     17    Maryland              4    Massachusetts         3
  Italy        7    Massachusetts        16    Minnesota             1
  Mexico       1    New Jersey           23    New Jersey            2
  Norway       1    Michigan              2    North Carolina       10
  Nova Scotia  1    Minnesota             1    Pennsylvania          5
  Poland       5    Missouri              1    South Carolina        1
  Roumania     3    North Carolina        2    Tennessee             1
  Russia      32    Ohio                  4    Virginia             18
  Scotland     2    Oregon                1    Washington            1
  Sweden       1    Pennsylvania         22    Unknown               1
  Switzerland  2    Texas                 1
  Wales        1    Vermont               1
                    Virginia              5
                    West Virginia         2
                    Unknown               1
            ----                       ----                       ----
  TOTAL     156 = 24.11%       TOTAL  406 = 62.75%       TOTAL  85 = 13.14%






A. _White_

  I. Both parents foreign, born in the same country
     Austria (18 Jews)                                   22
     Bohemia                                              3
     Canada                                               2
     Denmark                                              2
     England                                             11
     Finland                                              3
     France                                               9
     Germany (11 Jews)                                   67
     Holland                                              3
     Hungary                                             12
     India                                                1
     Ireland                                             65
     Italy                                               12
     Norway                                               1
     Nova Scotia                                          2
     Poland                                               6
     Roumania (1 Jew)                                     2
     Russia (57 Jews)                                    60
     Scotland                                             3
     Sweden                                               2
     Switzerland                                          1
     Wales                                                1   290

II. Both parents foreign, born in different countries

  _Birthplace of father_    _Birthplace of mother_

     Australia                      England               1
     Austria                        Germany               1
     Canada                         England               1
     Cuba                           Spain                 1
     Denmark                        England               1
     England                        Denmark               1
     England                        Germany               1
     England                        Ireland               4
     England                        Wales                 1
     France                         England               1
     France                         Germany               1
     France                         Irish                 1
     Germany                        Bohemia               1
       "                            Denmark               1
       "                            France                1
       "   (Jew)                    Hungary (Jew)         3
       "                            Russia                1
       "                            Switzerland           1
     Hungary                        German                1
     Ireland                        England               3
       "                            Scotland              1
       "                            Wales                 1
     Italy                          Roumania              1
     Norway                         Ireland               1
     Roumania                       Russia                1
     Russia                         Austria               1
     Scotland                       England               1
       "                            Ireland               1
     Spain                          Portugal              1
     Wales                          Mexico                1    37   327

III. Father of foreign birth, mother, United States

     Belgium                        United States         1
     Canada                           "      "            4
     England                          "      "            6
     Finland                          "      "            1
     Germany                          "      "           10
     Ireland                          "      "           10
     Scotland                         "      "            2    34

IV. Father born in U. S., mother, foreign

     United States                  Bohemia               1
       "      "                     Canada                2
       "      "                     England               3
       "      "                     Germany               4
       "      "                     Ireland              15
       "      "                     Italy                 1
       "      "                     Norway                1
       "      "                     Roumania              1    28

V. Father of foreign birth, mother unknown

     Austria                                              1
     Germany                                              3
     Ireland                                              2
     Scotland                                             1     7

VI. Father unknown, mother of foreign birth

     England                                              2
     France                                               2
     Germany                                              2
     Ireland                                              1     7

VII.  Both parents born in the U. S.                          120

VIII. Father born in the U. S., mother unknown                  5

IX. Father unknown, mother born in U. S.                        5

X. Both parents unknown                                        25
                                           TOTAL WHITE              558

_B. Colored_

I. Both parents of foreign birth
     _Father's birthplace_    _Mother's birthplace_
         Jamaica                    Jamaica               1
         Cuba                       Cuba                  1
         West Indies                South America         1

II. One parent of foreign birth

     Ireland                        United States         1
     West Indies                      "      "            1
     United States                  England               1
      "     "                       Ireland               1

III. Both parents born in U. S.                                68

IV. Father unknown, mother born in U. S.                        4

V. Birthplaces of both parents unknown                         10
                                         TOTAL COLORED               89
                                 TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES              647





              | Born in   |White   290|       |      |
  Both parents| the same  |-----------|       |      |
  foreign     | country   |Colored   2|   292 |      |
              | Born in   |White    37|       |      |
              | different |-----------|       |      |
              | countries |Colored   1|    38 |  330 | 51.  %
              |Mother     |White    34|       |      |
              |U. S.      |-----------|       |      |
              |           |Colored   2|    36 |      |
  One parent  |-----------|-----------|-------|------|--------
  foreign     |Father     |White    28|       |      |
              |U. S.      |-----------|       |      |
              |           |Colored   2|    30 |      |
              |-----------|-----------|-------|      |
              |Mother     |           |       |      |
              |unknown    |White      |     7 |      |
              |-----------|-----------|-------|      |
              |Father     |           |       |      |
              |unknown    |White      |     7 |   80 | 12.37%
  Both parents born       |White   120| 18.54%|      |
  in the U. S.            |-----------|       |      |
                          |Colored  68| 10.52 |  188 | 29.06%
  One parent  |Mother     |White     5|       |      |
  born in the |U. S.      |-----------|       |      |
  U. S., the  |           |Colored   4|     9 |      |
  other       |-----------|-----------|-------|------|
  unknown     |Father     |White      |     5 | 2.30%|
              |U. S.      |           |       |  14 }|
                          |White    25|       |5.27%}|  7.57%
  Both parents unknown    |-----------|       |     }|
                          |Colored  10|       |  35 }|
                          |      TOTAL|       | 647  |



  Population of|  No. of   |Percentage|  Bedford   |  No. of   |Percentage
   of New York |Individuals| of Total |   Cases    |Individuals| of Total
  City[311] in |           |   Pop.   |    647     |           |  Cases
     1912      |           |          |            |           |
  Native white |   921,130 |   19.3%  |Native white|    120    |  18.5
    of native  |           |          |  of known  |           |
    parents    |           |          |  native    |           |
               |           |          |  parentage |           |
  Native white | 1,820,374 |   38.2   |Native white|    327    |  50.5
    of foreign |           |          |  of known  |           |
    parents    |           |          |  foreign   |           |
               |           |          |  parentage |           |
  Negro--      |    91,702 |    1.92  |Negro--     |     89    |  13.64
    parentage  |           |          |  total     |           |
    unspecified|           |          |  number    |           |




    Architect                        2
    Civil engineer                   1
    Colored preacher                 1
    Lawyer                           1
    Minister                         1
    Music teacher                    1
    Musician                         2
    Physician                        2
    Surveyor                         2
    Trained nurse                    1
    Veterinary surgeon               1
    TOTAL                           15

  _Own their own Business_
    Brewer                           1
    Contractor                       5
    Fruit dealer                     2
    Horse dealer                     4
    Hotel keeper                     2
    Livery stable keeper             1
    Peddler                          8
    Saloonkeeper                    11
    Shopkeeper                      29
    TOTAL                           63

  _Business Positions_
    Insurance agent                  2
    Milkman                          1
    Real estate agent                4
    Salesman                        21
    TOTAL                           28

  _Mechanical Trades_
    Blacksmith                       6
    Bricklayer                       3
    Brickmaker                       1
    Builder                          5
    Cabinet-maker                    2
    Carpenter                       13
    Carriage-maker                   1
    Cooper                           1
    Electrician                      2
    Engineer (railroad)              4
    Engineer (stationary)           15
    Gas fitter                       1
    Glazier                          1
    Hardwood polisher                1
    Iron worker                      8
    Machinist                        7
    Mechanic                         3
    Painter                         14
    Plasterer                        1
    Plumber                          3
    Printer                          6
    Slate roofer                     1
    Stone cutter                     2
    Stone mason                      9
    Terra cotta worker               1
    Tinsmith                         2
    Walking delegate                 1
    TOTAL                          114

  _Clothing Trades_
    Cap maker                        4
    Cloak maker                      2
    Designer                         2
    Finisher on corsets              1
    Presser                          6
    Tailor                          22
    TOTAL                           37

  _Other Trades_
    Baker                            2
    Barber                           8
    Bartender                        2
    Basket maker                     1
    Butcher                         10
    Carpet layer                     1
    Cigar maker                     10
    Draughtsman                      1
    Mat maker                        1
    Photographer                     1
    Reed and rattan worker           1
    Shoemaker                       10
    Watchmaker                       1
    Weaver                           2
    TOTAL                           51

  _Clerical Positions_
    Bookkeeper                       3
    Clerk of Court                   1
    Excise officer                   1
    TOTAL                            5

    Derrick rigger                   1
    Electric light trimmer           1
    Employed on boats               11
    Employed on railroad            12
    Farmers and farm hands          34
    Hod carrier                      3
    Laborer                         40
    Miner                            3
    Stableman                        3
    Street sweeper                   2
    Teamster                        18
    Watchman                         4
    TOTAL                          132

  _Mill and Factory Positions_
    Factory                         13
    Mill hand                        7
    TOTAL                           20

  _Domestic Positions_
    Coachman                         7
    Cook                             9
    Elevator man                     1
    Gardener                         3
    Janitor                          5
    Porter                           3
    Waiter                           7
    TOTAL                           35

    Foreman                          7
    Asst. Supt. Life Insurance Co.   1
    Conductor                        2
    Sea captain                      5
    TOTAL                           15

  _In Public Service_
    Fireman                          5
    Lighthouse keeper                1
    Mail carrier                     1
    Policeman                        5
    Soldier                          5
    TOTAL                           17

    Collector                        1
    Gambler                          1
    Sandwich man                     1
    Telegraph operator               1
    Ticket speculator                1
    Undertaker                       3
    TOTAL                            8

    "Does not work on account of
        kidney trouble and
        fainting fits"               1
    Unknown                          7
    No statistics                   99
    TOTAL                          107

    TOTAL NUMBER                   647




  _No. of Children_      _Cases_
   1                        78
   2                        95
   3                       126
   4                       110
   5                        95
   6                        50
   7                        44
   8                        22
   9                        11
  10                         5
  11                         5
  12                         0
  13                         1
  Unknown                    5
  Average size of family  3.99





  Actress                                   1
  Canvasser                                 2
  Charge of Hotel Linen Room                1
  Cook (6 colored)                         10
  Day's work                               46
  Domestic--General housework (6 colored)   9
  Dressmaker                                4
  Factory Operatives                       11
  Housekeeper                               4
  Janitress                                13
  Laundress                                17
  Midwife                                   6
  Milliner                                  1
  Market Woman                              1
  Nurse                                     9
  Peddler                                   2
  Small Shopkeepers                         7
  Tailoress                                 1
                           TOTAL          145
      Total number of cases,              647

  Percentage of occupied mothers, 22.4




  Cannot read or write any language--15 American born         50    7.72%
  Reads and writes a foreign language--5 read a little Eng.   32    4.83%
  Read and write a little, no further education              192   29.67%
  Did not finish primary grades                               70   10.82%
  Reached but did not finish grammar grades                  257   39.72%
  Graduated from grammar grades                               25    3.86%
  Entered, but did not finish high school                     13    2.00%
  Graduated from high school                                   4     .77%
  One year in normal school                                    3     .46%
  Eight months at college                                      1     .15%
                                     TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES   647  100.00%




I _Wages before entering prostitution_ EARNINGS

                       |$.50| .75|1.00|1.25|1.50|2.00|2.50|3.00|3.50|4.00|
  Wages of  {High      |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  trades    {110 cases |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |  2 | 11 |
  excluding {          |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  Domestic  {Low       |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  Service   {110 cases |    |    |  1 |    |    |  3 |  3 | 13 |  9 | 24 |
                       |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
            {High      |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  Wages of  {52 cases  |    |    |    |    |    |    |  4 |  4 |  5 |  5 |
  Domestic  {          |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  Service   {Low       |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
            {52 cases  |    |    |    |  1 |  1 |  6 |  8 | 13 |  9 | 10 |

  |4.50|5.00|5.50|6.00|7.00|8.00|9.00| 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 18 |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  |  5 | 14 |  7 | 13 | 12 | 15 |  5 |  6 |  2 |  6 |    |  1 |  5 |  1 |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  |  4 | 23 |  1 | 11 |  3 |  6 |  1 |  4 |    |    |    |    |  3 |    |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  |    |    |    |    |7.50|    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  | 13 |  9 |  5 |  6 |  1 |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  |  3 |  1 |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |

  | 20 | 22 | 25 | 30 | Highest |  Lowest | Average |   Mode
  |    |    |    |    |  Wage   |   Wage  |         |
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |  1 |  1 |  2 |  1 | $30.00  |  $3.50  |  $8.11  |  $8.00
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |    |    |  1 |    |  25.00  |   1.00  |   5.21  |   4.00
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |    |    |    |    |   7.50  |   2.50  |   4.30  |   4.50
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |    |    |    |    |         |         |         |
  |    |    |    |    |   5.00  |   1.25  |   3.14  |   3.00


[Illustration: _Wages in Trades excluding Domestic Service--110 Cases_]

[Illustration: _Wages in Domestic Service--52 Cases_]




  _Before entering prostitution_    _No. of Cases_  _Percentages_
  Book-binding                              7            1.08
  Clerk in small shop                       8            1.23
  Clerk in department store                40            6.18
  Domestic (general housework)            243           37.56
  Errand girl                               3             .46
  Factory operative                       127           19.62
  Janitress                                 1             .15
  Laundry employee                         14            2.16
  Manicure                                  2             .30
  Millinery                                13            2.00
  Office work (not stenographers)          13            2.00
  Sewing (handwork)                        25            3.86
  Steel engraver                            1             .15
  Telephone operator                        9            1.39
  Theatrical work (chorus or vaudeville)   18            2.78
  Nurse (not graduate)                      3             .46
  Waitress (in restaurants)                28            4.32
  No work                                  92           14.27
                                   TOTAL  647




                  {Giving all they made                             53
  Living          {Giving part                                      16
  at home         {Supported by parents or husband                  32
                  {No statistics as to money paid                   23
                                                                    --  124

  Living          {Giving all                                       15
  with relatives  {Giving part                                       9
                                                                    --   24

  Boarding  $1.50  2.00  3.00  4.00  5.00  5.40  6.00  13.50  No
              1     1     1     3     2     1     1      1        9      20

  Domestics living where they worked                                     26
                                                                 TOTAL  194




  Married       193   29.8
  Single        454   70.1
       TOTAL    647


           { Pregnant on entering                          1
           { Miscarriage previous to entering Bedford     18
  Married  {              { One        66
  women    { Legitimate   { Two        19
           { children     { Three       7
           {              { Eight       1
                                      ---                 93

          { Pregnant on entering                          16
  Single  { Miscarriage previous to entering Bedford      18
  women   {
          { Illegitimate  { One        63
          { children      { Two        10                 73
                          TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES          219

  No children, or no record of them                      428
                                                TOTAL    647




  Catholic                     266   41.1%
  Jewish                       123   19.0%
  Protestant                   252   38.9%
  No record                      6     .9%





                   I                   II               III
   _Years_|_Number entering_||   _First sexual_    ||  _Number entering_
  _of age_|    _Bedford_    ||     _offense_       ||   _prostitution_
      7   |  ..  |  ......  ||    1  |    .33-1/3% ||   ..  |  .....
      9   |  ..  |  ......  ||    1  |    .33-1/3% ||   ..  |  .....
     10   |  ..  |  ......  ||    1  |    .33-1/3% ||   ..  |  .....
     11   |  ..  |  ......  ||    1  |    .33-1/3% ||   ..  |  .....
     12   |  ..  |  ......  ||    4  |   1.33-1/3% ||   ..  |  .....
     13   |  ..  |  ......  ||   12  |   4.      % ||    1  |    .37%
     14   |  ..  |  ......  ||   29  |   9.66-2/3% ||    3  |   1.12%
     15   |  12  |   1.86%  ||   43  |  14.33-1/3% ||   11  |   4.08%
     16   |  41  |   6.34%  ||   61  |  20.33-1/3% ||   19  |   7.06%
     17   |  65  |  10.05%  ||   40  |  13.33-1/3% ||   40  |  14.87%
     18   |  47  |   7.26%  ||   31  |  10.33-1/3% ||   35  |  13.01%
     19   |  65  |  10.05%  ||   28  |   9.33-1/3% ||   32  |  11.90%
     20   |  50  |   7.71%  ||   19  |   6.33-1/3% ||   28  |  10.41%
     21   |  61  |   9.43%  ||   15  |   5.00%     ||   31  |  11.52%
     22   |  73  |  11.28%  ||    3  |   1.  %     ||   22  |   8.18%
     23   |  48  |   7.42%  ||    6  |   2.  %     ||   17  |   6.32%
     24   |  53  |   8.19%  ||    3  |   1.  %     ||    9  |   3.35%
     25   |  40  |   6.18%  ||   ..  |   ........  ||   10  |   3.72%
     26   |  22  |   3.40%  ||   ..  |   ........  ||    3  |   1.12%
     27   |  20  |   3.09%  ||    1  |    .33-1/3% ||    6  |   2.23%
     28   |  22  |   3.40%  ||    1  |    .33-1/3% ||    2  |    .74%
     29   |  24  |   3.71%  ||   ..  |   ........  ||   ..  |  .....
     30   |   2  |    .31%  ||   ..  |   ........  ||   ..  |  .....
     31   |   1  |    .15%  ||   ..  |   ........  ||   ..  |  .....
     32   |   1  |    .15%  ||   ..  |   ........  ||   ..  |  .....
  Total   |      |          ||       |             ||       |
  No.     |      |          ||       |             ||       |
  cases   | 647  |  99.98%  ||  300  |       100%  ||  269  |    100%
  Average |                 ||                     ||
  Age     |20 yr. 11.06 mos.|| 17 yrs. 16 days     || 18 yrs. 9.18 mos.
  Highest             32    || Highest        28   || Highest        28
  Lowest              15    || Lowest          7   || Lowest         13
  Average             20.09 || Average        17   || Average        18.7
  Mode                22    || Mode           16   || Mode           17
  Mean                23.5  || Mean           17.5 || Mean           18.5
  No. of cases       647    || No. of cases  300   || No. of cases  269


(_Made from Table of Percentages_)]




                 { White     341
  [312]City born {                  404    82.48%
                 { Colored    63

                 { White      63
  Country born   {                   85    17.47%
                 { Colored    22

  Unknown                             2     0.05%
                            ----   ----   -------
                     TOTAL          491





  Ran away to escape home conditions           11
  To live with family                          78
  To obtain work or easier work                26
  To practice prostitution                      9
  To see New York                              10
  With lover                                    1
  Unknown                                       4
                                     TOTAL    139




  Continuously                                       166      59.50%

                    { Married                 19
                    { Living with parents      4
  Not continuously  { Stealing                 3
                    { Working                 32      58      20.79%

  No statistics                                       55      19.71%
                                                    ----     -------
               TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES CONSIDERED      279




  _Trade_                      _No. of Cases_  _Per cent._
  Demonstrator                       1
  Clerk in department store          4
  Domestic                          22
  Factory operative                 17
  Laundry employees                  4
  Manicure                           1
  Office work                        2
  Sewing                             2
  Theatrical work                    6
  Waitress                           8
  Stealing                           6
  Received money from husband        2
  Prostitution only                204            73.11
                                  ----           ------
                            TOTAL  279




      |Partial|       |  |  |  |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
  High|   2   |   9   | .| 2| .| 4 | . | 1 | 7 | . | 1 | 8 |  3| 10| 3 |
  Low |   1   |   .   | 1| 4| 1| 7 | 4 | . | 8 | 2 | . | 5 | 13|  6| 3 |

  |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |    |    |    |    |    |
  | 1 | 4 | 2 | 24| . | 1 | 12| . | 7 | 7 | . | 15 |  1 |  1 |  2 |  5 |
  | . | 3 | . | 14| 1 | . |  4| 1 | 2 | 2 | 1 |  6 |  . |  . |  1 |  4 |

  |$200|$240|$250|$300|$400|  Total  |Average
  |    |    |    |    |    |No. cases|
  |  7 |  1 |  2 |  3 |  1 |   146   |$71.09
  |  . |  . |  . |  1 |  . |    95   | 46.02




             | Weekly | For |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
             |  Wages |Board|$.50|1.00|2.00|2.50|3.00|3.50|3.75|4.00|4.50|
  Wages of   |  High  |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  occupations|34 cases|   . |  . |  . |  . |  . |  1 |  1 |  . |  2 |  . |
  excluding  |        |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  Domestic   |  Low   |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  Service    |34 cases|   . |  . |  . |  3 |  . |  5 |  2 |  . |  6 |  2 |
             |        |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
             |  High  |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  Domestic   |23 cases|   . |  . |  1 |  1 |  1 |  . |  1 |  1 |  7 |  2 |
  Service    |  Low   |     |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
             |23 cases|  11 |  . |  5 |  3 |  7 |  2 |  . |  1 |  1 |  1 |

  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |     |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  |  . |  6 |  2 |  6 |  3 |  4 |  2 |  2  |  1  |  1  |  1  |  .  |  .  |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  |  . | 10 |  . |  3 |  . |  . |  . |  .  |  .  |  2  |  .  |  .  |  .  |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  |  . |  6 |  2 |  . |  . |  . |  . |  .  |  .  |  .  |  .  |  .  |  1  |
  |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  |  . |  . |  1 |  . |  . |  . |  . |  .  |  .  |  .  |  .  |  .  |  .  |

  |     |     |     |       |       |       |
  |     |     |     |       |       |       |
  |  .  |  .  |  2  |$18.00 | $3.00 | $6.42 |$5.00
  |     |     |     |       |       |       |to $6
  |     |     |     |       |       |       |
  |  .  |  .  |  .  | 12.00 |  2.00 |  4.68 | 5.00
  |     |     |     |       |       |       |
  |     |     |     |       |       |       |
  |  .  |  .  |  .  |  15.00|  1.00 |  4.60 | 4.00
  |     |     |     |       |       |       |
  |  .  |  .  |  .  |   6.00|   ..  |  2.86 | 3.00


[Illustration: _Wages in Trades excluding Domestic Service--34 cases_]

[Illustration: _Wages in Domestic Service--23 Cases_]




  Love                                          108  38.71%

        {Married   {Living with husband   1
        {          {Separated from "     10   11
  Pay   {
        {          {Lover                17        57  20.43%
        {Single    {Playmate              4
        {          {Stranger             25   46

        {Relative                              7
  Force {Lover                                27
        {Playmate                              3
        {Stranger                             25   62  22.22%

  Weakness                                         23   8.24%
  Physical predisposition                           2    .71%
  Unknown                                          27   9.64%
                        TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES     279




  Insane--Transferred to asylums            20
  Insane tendencies                          3
  Feeble-minded (distinctly so)            107
  Border-line--neurotic                     26
  Weak-willed--"No moral sense"             26
  "Wild"--truants--run-a-ways               11  193  29.8%




  _A. In connection with her family_
      1. Immorality of the parents                       15
      2. Incompatibility                                 39
      3. Neglect and abuse                               26
      4. No mother or father or neither                 166
      5. Over indulgence                                 10
      6. Over strictness                                 35
      7. Poverty                                          9
      8. Turned out                                       6
                                                       ----  306
  _B. In connection with married life_
      1. Death of husband                                 5
      2. Desertion by husband                             8
      3. Immorality (includes cruelty or criminality)    14
      4. Incompatibility                                 26
      5. Husband put girl on street                       2
                                                       ----   55
  _C. Personal reasons_
      1. Bad company                                     75
      2. No sex instruction                              10
      3. Idle or lonely                                   5
      4. Sick, needed the money                           4
      5. Ruined anyway                                   10
      6. Lover put girl on the street                    10
      7. Previous use of drink or drugs                   7
      8. White slave                                      2
      9. Tired of drudgery                                4
     10. "Easy money"                                    17
     11. Dances                                          13
     12. Lazy, hated work                                20
     13. Stage environment                                9
     14. Love of the life                                15
     15. Desertion by lover                               3
     16. Desire for pleasure (theatre, food, clothes)    48
     17. Desire for money                                38
     18. Ashamed to go home after first escapade          1
                                                       ----  291
  _D. Economic reasons_
      1. Can't support herself                            5
      2. Can't support herself and children               1
      3. Couldn't find work                              13   19
                                                 TOTAL       671




_No. Cases, 647_

  Assault 3rd degree                             9
  Attempted suicide                              1
  Concealing birth of child                      1
  Corrupting morals of a minor                   3
  Indecent exposure                              1
  Keeping a disorderly house                     3
  Maintaining a place for smoking opium          1
  Petit larceny                                 71
  Unlawfully injuring propt'y                    1
  Using vulgar and indecent language in public   1

  TOTAL, 92 or 14.21%

  Assault 2nd degree                             4
  Attempted grand larceny                       13
  Burglary 3rd degree                            3
  Felonously selling cocaine                     1
  Grand larceny, 1st degree                     12
  Grand larceny, 2nd degree                     63
  Manslaughter, 2nd degree                       3
  Receiving stolen goods                         4
  Robbery                                        2

  TOTAL, 105 or 16.22%

              _Other Offenses_
  Associating with dissolute persons and in
      danger of becoming morally deprav'd       50
  Common prostitute                            272
  Disorderly child                              25
  Disorderly conduct                            44
  Frequenting disorderly houses                  6
  Intercourse with boys                          1
  Public intoxication or habitual drunkard      14
  Vagrancy                                      38

  TOTAL, 450 or 69.55%




  Bedford State Reformatory for women               13
  Catholic Protectory                                4
  County jails                                       6
  Florence Crittenton Home                           7
  Gerry Society                                      4
  House of Good Shepherd, Brooklyn                  20
  House of Good Shepherd, New York                  34
  House of Mercy, Inwood                            23
  House of Refuge, Randall's Island                 15
  Insane Asylums                                     2
  Magdalen Asylum                                   16
  Massachusetts State Industrial School, Lancaster   3
  New York Juvenile Asylum                           5
  New York State Industrial School, Rochester        3
  New York State Training School for Girls, Hudson   6
  Orphan Asylum                                     20
  Penitentiaries                                     7
  Sherbourne Prison                                  1
  Washington Square Home                             3
  Waverly House                                      4
  Wayside Home                                      13
  Workhouse                                         65
  Various other homes for Wayward Girls             31        305  47.1
  Say never in institution and never arrested previously            255

  Admit one or more previous arrests, but got off with
  fine, suspended sentence or discharge, and claim never
  to have been committed                                             66

  Admit having been on probation                                     21
                                           TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES    647


  Arrested twice, once fined, once on probation                       1
  In one institution, twice arrested and once on probation            3
  In one institution, three arrests and on probation                  1
  In one institution, several other arrests                           3
  In one institution, workhouse eight times, six months each          1
  In two institutions                                                30
  In two institutions, several other arrests                          6
  In three institutions                                               5
  In three institutions, several other arrests                        2
  In four institutions                                                1
  In four institutions, several times Raymond St. Jail                1
  Six months in workhouse, four times arrested, twice fined           1
  Workhouse once, six times arrested and fined                        1
  Workhouse once, seven times arrested                                1
  In two institutions, workhouse once, fined three times, and on
    probation                                                         1
  In Madgalen, twice; Good Shepherd, once; 10 days in workhouse;
    three times arrested; on probation once                           1
  In workhouse twice; arrested six times; on probation once           1
  In one home; workhouse twice; twice fined, and once discharged      1
  Workhouse, three terms                                              1
  Workhouse, three terms, six months each; four times fined.          1
  In three institutions; workhouse, three times; seven other arrests  1
  Arrested about 30 times; City prison, 10 weeks; workhouse, 6 terms;
    fined over 20 times                                               1
  Three times on the Island; arrested over 30 times                   1
  Twice at Good Shepherd, workhouse two terms and arrested nine times 1
  Two and one-half years House of Refuge, arrested five times; on
    Island four times                                                 1
  Two terms at Hudson; three arrests; workhouse, three months;
    Bedford for third time                                            1
  House of Refuge, four years; Juvenile Asylum, one year; more
    than 40 times at the workhouse, once on probation                 1





  _American Born_                       _Foreign Born_

  New York City              210     Austro-Hungary          34
  Other parts of N. Y. State  53     Canada                  11
  Alabama                      2     England-Scotland         9
  Arizona                      1     Finland                  0
  Arkansas                     1     France                   4
  California                   6     Galacia                  2
  Colorado                     1     Germany                 24
  Connecticut                  4     Holland                  0
  Delaware                     2     India                    0
  District Columbia            3     Ireland                 12
  Florida                      3     Italy                    6
  Georgia                      3     Mexico                   1
  Illinois                     4     Poland                   9
  Indiana                      2     Roumania                 2
  Iowa                         0     Russia                  46
  Kansas                       1     Sweden                   5
  Kentucky                     2     Switzerland              2
  Louisiana                    0     Venezuela                1
  Maine                        0     West Indies              7
  Maryland                     5     Total No. foreign born 175  28.68%
  Massachusetts               24      "    "  American "    435  71.31%
  Michigan                     1                           ----
  Minnesota                    1                     TOTAL  610
  Mississippi                  1
  Missouri                     0
  New Hampshire                1
  New Jersey                  17
  North Carolina               6
  Ohio                         3
  Oregon                       0
  Pennsylvania                23
  Rhode Island                 2
  South Carolina               7
  Tennessee                    0
  Texas                        3
  Virginia                     8
  Vermont                      0
  West Virginia                0
  Wisconsin                    2
  Unknown                     33
                     TOTAL   435




  City born                              85  57.82%
  Country born                           62  42.18%
                                  TOTAL 147

  Born in cities of New York             52
  Born in cities of other states         33
                                  TOTAL  85

  Born in country, New York State         1
  Born in country, other states          61
                                  TOTAL  62     147




  Ran away to escape home conditions             4
           To live with family or husband       63
           To obtain work, or easier work       57
           To practice prostitution             42
           To see New York                      10
           With lover                           11
           Unknown or not given                213
                          TOTAL NUMBER CASES   400




  Does not read or write in any language            68  11.15%
  Reads and writes a foreign language               20   3.28%
  Reads and writes English, no further education   335  54.92%
  Finished fifth grade                              34   5.57%
  Finished Grammar grades                           74  12.13%
  Entered High School or Business courses           36   5.90%
  Unknown                                           43   7.05%
  TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES                            610    100%




  _Before entering prostitution_      _After entering prostitution_
          662 cases used                   497 cases used

  Artist                    ..                                   1
  Book-binding               1                                  ..
  Canvasser                  2                                  ..
  Chambermaid               34                                   5
  Clerk in small store       9                                  ..
  Companion                  1                                  ..
  Department store          70  10.57%                          10
  Errand girl                1                                   1
  Factory                  215  32.46%                          24
  Domestic service         117  17.67%                          20
  Laundry                   16                                   1
  Librarian                  1                                  ..
  Manicure                   4                                   2
  Massage                    1                                  ..
  Millinery                 12                                   2
  Nurse girl                34                                   1
  Office work               20                                   0
  Palmist                    1                                  ..
  Salvation Army worker      1                                  ..
  Sewing                    16                                   4
  Steel Engraver             1                                  ..
  Stenographer               8                                  ..
  Teacher                    1                                  ..
  Telephone operator        13                                  ..
  Theatrical work           20                                   3
  Waitress                  53                                   6
  No work                   10  Supported by prostitution only 353
                          ----  Supported by husband or parents 23
                     TOTAL 662  Stealing                        11
                                Unknown                         30
                                                         TOTAL 497




  _Years_     _Number_     _First_      _Number_
   _of_      _entering_    _sexual_    _entering_
   _age_   _Institution_  _offense_  _prostitution_

    6           ..            1           ..
    7           ..            1           ..
    8           ..           ..           ..
    9           ..            1           ..
   10           ..            2           ..
   11            2            5            3
   12            2            9            1
   13           ..            7           ..
   14            7           33            7
   15            7           67           32
   16           20           59           45
   17           28           83           67
   18           43           77           73
   19           54           56           59
   20           51           35           66
   21           31           31           37
   22           54           32           35
   23           41           12           25
   24           54           10           24
   25           31            7           13
   26           31           11            9
   27           20            3            8
   28           28            6            6
   29           15            1            1
   30           23            5            4
   31           14            2            2
   32           14            1            2
   33            6           ..           ..
   34            7           ..           ..
   35            1           ..            1
   36            5            3            1
   37            2           ..           ..
   38            1           ..           ..
   39            2           ..           ..
   40            4            1            1
              ----         ----         ----
      TOTAL    598          561          522

  Highest Age   40           40           40
  Lowest Age    11            6           11
  Average    22.66 years  17.95        19.60





                      |Living|$ .50|$1.00|$1.50|$2.00|$2.50|$3.00|$3.50|
                      |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
                      |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Wages of  {High     |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Trades    {377 cases|      |     |  2  |     |  1  |  2  |  6  |  5  |
  excluding {         |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Domestic  {Low      |      |  1  |  2  |     |  9  | 13  | 41  | 20  |
  Service   {377 cases|      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
                      |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
            {High     |      |  2  |     |  4  | 14  | 14  | 20  | 14  |
  Wage of   {156 cases|      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Domestic  {         |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Service   {Low      |   4  |     |  2  |  7  | 11  | 22  | 15  | 17  |
            {156 cases|      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |

       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
   14  | 15  | 57  |  9  | 60  | 48  | 42  | 22  |  28  |   4  |  27  |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
   36  | 26  | 73  | 29  | 48  | 15  | 22  |  8  |  12  |      |  10  |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
   17  | 25  | 33  |  2  |  6  |  2  |  1  |  1  |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
   19  | 26  | 22  |  7  |  2  |     |  1  |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |

        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
     2  |   4  |  14  |      |   7  |   1  |   5  |   1  |      |   1  |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
     1  |   1  |   4  |      |   4  |      |   1  |   1  |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |   1  |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |   1  |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |

  Highest|Lowest|Mode, wage |Average| Mode
   wage  | wage |of greatest| wage  |
         |      | frequency |       |
         |      |           |       |
     $70 | $1.00|    $6.00  | $8.10 | $6.00
         |      |           |       |
      30 |   .50|     5.00  |  5.53 |  5.00
         |      |           |       |
         |      |           |       |
      20 |   .50|     5.00  |  3.99 |  5.00
         |      |           |       |
         |      |           |       |
      14 | Liv'g|     4.50  |  3.63 |  4.50
         |      |           |       |


                      |Living|$ .50|$1.00|$1.50|$2.00|$2.50|$3.00|$3.50|
                      |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
                      |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Wages of  {High     |      |     |     |     |     |     |  2  |     |
  Trades    {63 cases |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  excluding {         |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Domestic  {Low      |      |     |     |     |     |     |  2  |  2  |
  Service   {63 cases |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
                      |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
            {High     |      |     |     |     |  1  |  2  |  3  |     |
  Wage of   {15 cases |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Domestic  {         |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
  Service   {Low      |      |  1  |     |     |     |  5  |  2  |     |
            {15 cases |      |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |

       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |  2  |  8  |     | 12  | 10  |  6  |  3  |   3  |      |   6  |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
    5  |  5  | 14  |     | 12  |  3  |  8  |  2  |   6  |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |  1  |  3  |     |  2  |  2  |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |
    2  |     |  4  |     |     |     |     |     |   1  |      |      |
       |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |      |      |      |

        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      | wage |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |   6  |      |   2  |      |   1  |   1  |      |   1  |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |   3  |      |      |      |   1  |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |   1  |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |

  Highest|Lowest|Mode, wage |Average| Mode
   wage  | wage |of greatest| wage  |
         |      | frequency |       |
    $70  | $3.00|    $6.00  | $9.98 | $6.00
         |      |           |       |
         |      |           |       |
     25  |  3.00|     5.00  |  6.83 |  5.00
         |      |           |       |
         |      |           |       |
     15  |  2.00|           |  5.10 |
         |      |           |       |
         |      |           |       |
     10  |   .50|     2.50  |  3.70 |  2.50
         |      |           |       |


_Earnings in Trades excluding Domestic Service_]


_Wages in Domestic Service_]




  No children                                            214
  Miscarriages and abortions                              36

                {One                              28
                {Two                               7
  Legitimate    {Three                             5
  children      {Four                              1
                {Five                              2
                {Eight                             1      44

  Illegitimate  {One                              66
  children      {Two                              ..
                {Three                             2      68

  Unknown                                                135




                         {Giving all they made      66
  Living at home         {
                         {Giving part               62  128

                         {Giving all they made       0
  Living with relatives  {
                         {Giving part               22   22


  $1.00  $1.50  $2.00  $2.50  $3.00  $3.50  $4.00
    2      4      4      6     31     12     12

  $4.50  $6.00  $5.00  $7.00  $8.00 $10.00
    9     17      1      3      ..     3                 104
  Total number cases, where statistics are given         254




  Love                                                231  37.86%

        {         { Living with husband        6
        {         { Separated from husband    10
  Pay   { Married {
        {         { Widow                     51
        {         { Put on street by husband  10   77       12.78%
        { Single                                   48  125  20.49%

        { Relative                                 11
        { Lover                                     5
  Force {
        { Playmate                                  3
        { Stranger                                 43   62  10.16%

  Weakness                                             26   4.26%

  Physical predisposition                              41   6.72%

  Unknown                                             125  20.49%
                               TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES  610




                                   _No. cases_  _Percent._

  Continuously                           445        72.95

                { Working girls     48
  Occasionally  {
                { Married women     27    75        12.29

  Unknown                                 14         2.30

  Cases omitted, first offenders, etc.    76        12.46
                  TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES  610




      |Partial|Support|0-2| $5|$10|$15|$20|$25|$30|$35|$40|$45|$50|$55|$60
      |Support|       |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
  High|       |       |   | 2 |  1| 10|  6| 20| 11|  5|  5|  1| 36|   |  5
  Low |   4   |   77  | 3 | 8 | 18| 21| 20| 35| 11|  3|  9|   | 28|   |  4
      |   |   |   |   |   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
  High|   | 4 | 18|  5|  2| 41 |  4 |  3 | 20 |  6 |  3 |  2 |  1 |
  Low |   | 17| 10|  4| 43|    |  4 | 10 |  1 |  2 |    |    |    |
  Total No.|Average
   Cases   |
     211   |$81.91
     334   | 53.06




  To lover or any one    { All given   138
  acting as pimp, except {
  husband                { Part given    9  147
  To husband                                 31
  To parents or children                     45
  To self                                   216
  Unknown                                   171
                                     TOTAL  610




(_Clinically Determined_)

                                            _Cases_  _Percent._
  No disease                                   75      47.4
  Syphilis                                     25
  Gonorrhea                                    49
  Syphilis and gonorrhea                        9      52.5
                      TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES   158

Only institution cases are counted in which a physical examination has
been given. All are taken from the records of Waverly House and the Church
Mission of Help. But all of their cases were not examined. That is, out of
158 cases where they deemed an examination desirable 52.5 per cent were
found to be diseased.




  _A. In connection with her family_
     1. Neglect or abuse                                     41
     2. Immorality of parents                                25
     3. Over strictness                                      21
     4. Over indulgence                                       3
     5. Poverty                                              27
     6. Incompatibility (quarrels, nagging, etc.)            27
     7. Father, mother or near relative put girl in life      6
     8. Turned out of the house                              18----168

  _B. In connection with married life_
     1. Incompatibility                                       8
     2. Non-support                                          24
     3. Immorality (including cruelty or criminality)        29
     4. Desertion                                            12
     5. Death                                                16
     6. Husband put girl in the life                         26----115

  _C. Personal reasons_
     1. "Ruined anyway"                                      15
     2. Lover put girl in the life                           80
     3. Desertion by lover                                   33
     4. White slave (put into life by force)                 21
     5. Bad company                                         108
     6. Dances and shows                                     23
     7. Love of excitement or a good time                    58
     8. Lazy, won't work                                     12
     9. Love of money (a business enterprise)                 3
    10. Idle or lonely                                        0
    11. No sex instruction                                    6
    12. Ashamed to go home after first escapade              23
    13. Not satisfied with one man                            7
    14. "Born bad"--enjoys the life                           2
    15. Previous use of drugs or drink                       11
    16. Stage environment                                     9
    17. Tired of drudgery (usually housework)                16
    18. "Easy money"                                         58
    19. Love of clothes                                       7----492

  _D. Economic reasons_
     1. Can't support herself                                67
     2. Can't support herself and children or parents        37
     3. Can't live according to her standards                17
     4. Out of work, can't get work (often because of)       60
     5. Ill health or defect                                 53
     6. Not trained for skilled work and above the unskilled  2----236
                                                       TOTAL      1011





  _American Born_
    {New York City              234
    {Brooklyn                    20
    {Staten Island                1
    {Other cities in New York    36
    {New York State (country)    53
     California                   8
     Colorado                     5
     Connecticut                 26
     Delaware                     2
     District of Columbia         1
     Florida                      2
     Georgia                      2
     Illinois                    14
     Indiana                      1
     Iowa                         1
     Kansas                       2
     Kentucky                    10
     Louisiana                    5
     Maryland                     8
     Maine                        3
     Massachusetts               25
     Michigan                    13
     Mississippi                  1
     Missouri                    10
     Nebraska                     1
     New Hampshire                2
     New Jersey                  63
     Ohio                        35
     Pennsylvania                95
     Rhode Island                 6
     South Carolina               3
     Tennessee                    2
     Texas                        4
     Vermont                      7
     Virginia                    20
     Washington                   1
     West Virginia                6
     Wisconsin                    3
     Unknown                     31
            TOTAL AMERICAN BORN, 762

  _Foreign Born_
      Austria-Hungary             35
      Belgium                      1
      Bohemia                      1
      Canada                      13
      Denmark                      1
      England-Scotland            32
      France                      13
      Galacia                     12
      Germany                     72
      Ireland                     29
      Italy                        8
      Holland                      1
      Poland                       4
      Russia                     107
      Roumania                     7
      Sweden                       5
      Switzerland                  3
      Foreign born               344  31.04%
      American born              762  68.94%
                   GRAND TOTAL, 1106



                                             _No. Girls_

  Does not read or write in any language            127

  Reads and writes a foreign language                10

  Reads and writes English, no further education    687

  Reads and writes, how much more not given         222

  Graduated from grammar grades, at least            46

                            {4 stenographers
  Some special education    {2 translators            7
                            {1 linguist
                         TOTAL NUMBER CASES   [313]1099




                                  _No. Cases_  _Percent._

  Continuously                          1049     94.84+

                 {Working girls    26
  Occasionally   {
                 {Married women     7     33      2.98+

  Unknown                                 24      2.17+
                TOTAL NUMBER CASES      1106




   Years    Number at     First       Number
  of age   present age    sexual     entering
                          offense   prostitution
     6          ...            2            1
     8          ...            2          ...
    10          ...            2          ...
    12          ...           11          ...
    13          ...            3          ...
    14          ...           71            6
    15          ...           85           26
    16          ...          167          114
    17            1          189          176
    18           12          147          223
    19           40           94          123
    20           66           61          110
    21           88           38           72
    22          131           29           44
    23          137           15           22
    24          205           15           30
    25           57           15           21
    26           98           15           23
    27           46            8           11
    28           74            5           10
    29           44          ...          ...
    30           36            3            2
    31            3          ...          ...
    32           15            1            3
    33            7            1            1
    34           13          ...          ...
    35            8            1            1
    36            3          ...          ...
    37          ...            1            1
    38            2            1            1
    40           11          ...          ...
    42            1          ...          ...
    44            3          ...          ...
    49            2          ...          ...
    50            3          ...          ...
  Not given     ...          124           81
               ----         ----         ----
         TOTAL 1106         1106         1106

  Highest Age  50             38           38
  Lowest Age   17              6           14
  Average      25.62+ yrs.  17.87+ yrs.  19.44 yrs.
  Mode         24             11           18
  Mean         33.5           22           25




         |Support|       |    |     |      |      |      |      |      |
  Highest|       |   3   |    |     |   2  |   5  |  22  |  23  |  25  |
  Lowest |       |  19   | 23 |  59 |  85  |  58  | 103  |  75  |  80  |

        |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
    12  |  73  |  34  |  90  |  38  |  80  |  21  |  39  |  76  |  61  |
    64  |  53  |  24  |  81  |  12  |  23  |   7  |   6  |  17  |  10  |

        |      |      |       |       |       |       |       |       |
        |      |      |       |       |       |       |       |       |
    23  |  22  |   2  |  103  |   22  |       |   22  |   84  |    9  |
        |   4  |      |   43  |       |       |    4  |   10  |       |

  $200.00|$250.00|$300.00|$400.00|$500.00|$1,000| No. Cases|Average
         |       |       |       |       |      |   Used   |
     86  |   20  |   15  |    3  |    6  |   1  |   1022   | 97.725
      1  |    2  |       |       |       |      |    863   | 35.80




                               _Before_         _After_
                              _Entering_       _Entering_
                            _Prostitution_   _Prostitution_

  Artist                             4          4
  Artists' model                     2          3
  Canvasser                          5          4
  Chambermaid                        9          1
  Clerk in small store              28         16
  Companion                          1          1
  Department store                 117         68
  Errand girl                        1        ...
  Factory                           72         21
  Domestic service                  27         20
  Laundry                            2        ...
  Librarian                          1        ...
  Manicure                           6          4
  Massage                            2          2
  Millinery                         13          2
  Nurse girl                         8          1
  Office work                       25         18
  Palmist                            2          2
  Sewing                            17          5
  Stenographer                      31         27
  Storekeeper                        1          2
  Teacher                            9          6
  Telephone operator                 9          5
  Theatrical work                   72         88
  Trained nurse                      4          3
  Translator                         1          1
  Waitress                          18          8
  No work                          518        ...
  Unknown                          101         33
  Supported by prostitution only   ...        677
  Supported by husband or family   ...         83
  Stealing                         ...          1
                                  ----       ----
            TOTAL NUMBER CASES    1106       1106




  Love                                                   441  39.87%

        {          {Living with husband         51
  Pay   {Married   {Separated from husband      41
        {          {Widow                       33
        {          {Put on street by husband    28  153       13.84%
        {Single                                     116  269  10.49%
        {Relative                                         26   2.35%
  Force {Lover                                             1    .09%
  by    {Playmate                                          2    .18%
        {Stranger                                         32   2.89%

  Weakness (yielded to importunities)                     34   3.07%

  Physical predisposition                                 84   7.60%

  Unknown                                                217  19.62%
                                                        ----  ------
                                    TOTAL NUMBER CASES  1106




  _A. In connection with her family_
      1. Neglect or abuse                                      20
      2. Immorality of parents                                 36
      3. Over strictness                                       52
      4. Over indulgence                                       11
      5. Poverty                                               36
      6. Incompatibility (quarrels, nagging, etc.)             20
      7. No mother or no father, or neither                    12
      8. Father, mother or near relative put girl in the life  10
      9. Turned out of the house                               21    218

  _B. In connection with married life_
      1. Incompatibility                                       31
      2. Non-support                                           34
      3. Immorality (including cruelty or criminality)         39
      4. Desertion                                             34
      5. Death                                                 14
      6. Put girl in the life                                  61    213

  _C. Personal reasons_
      1. Ruined anyway                                         32
      2. Lover put girl in the life                           144
      3. Desertion by lover                                    40
      4. White slave (put in life by force)                     6
      5. Bad company                                           61
      6. Dances and shows                                       1
      7. Love of excitement or a good time                    103
      8. Lazy, won't work                                      49
      9. Love of money (a business enterprise)                 50
      10. Idle or lonely                                       19
      11. Ashamed to go home after first escapade              13
      12. "Born bad"--enjoys the life                         116
      13. Previous use of drugs or drink                        1
      14. Stage environment                                    36
      15. Tired of drudgery (usually housework)                42
      16. "Easy money"                                         58
      17. Love of clothes                                      85    866

  _D. Economic reasons_
      1. Can't support herself                                 33
      2. Can't support herself and children or parents         55
      3. Out of work                                           42
      4. Ill health or defect                                   9    139
                                                      TOTAL  1436

In many cases, more than one reason was given, which explains the large



  I                    II                III
  Foreign born         _Bedford_         _Other Institutions_
  population           647 cases         610 cases
  of New York          156 foreign       175 foreign
  City                 born              born
  1. Russia            Russia            Russia
  2. Italy             Austria-Hungary   Austria-Hungary
  3. Germany           Germany           Germany
  4. Austria-Hungary   Ireland           Ireland
  5. Ireland           England-Scotland  England-Scotland
  6. England-Scotland  France            Canada
  7. France            Italy             Italy
  8.                                     France

  IV                    V
  _Street Prostitutes_  _Combined_
  1106 cases            2363 cases
  344 foreign born      664 foreign born
  Russia                Russia
  Germany               Germany
  Austria-Hungary       Austria-Hungary
  England-Scotland      Ireland
  Ireland               England-Scotland
  France-Canada         France-Canada
         (equal)               (equal)
  Italy                 Italy




                       |     I      |    II      |    III      |   IV
  Population of New    |_1910_[314] | Percentage | Prostitutes |Percentage
  York City            | 4,766,883  |     of     |  2363       |   of
                       | ---------  | Population | cases       |prostitutes
                       | ---------  +------------+-------------+-----------
  Native White         | 2,741,504  |   57.3%    |    1586     |    67.1
  Foreign White        | 1,927,720  |   40.43    |     664     |    28.0
  Negro                |    91,702  |    1.92    |     113     |     4.78
  All other            |     5,957  |     .12    |     ...     |     ...
  _Of the foreign born_|            | _Percent.  |             |
                       |            |entire pop._|             |
  Russia               | 485,600    |   10.18    |       197   |     8.33
  Italy                | 340,400    |    7.14    |        21   |      .88
  Germany              | 279,200    |    5.85    |       122   |     5.12
  Austria-Hungary      | 265,500    |    5.57    |       110   |     4.65
  Ireland              | 252,500    |    5.29    |        58   |     2.45
  England-Scotland     | 104,100    |    2.18    |        57   |     2.41
  France               |  18,200    |     .38    |        25   |     1.05
  Canada               |   ...      |    ...     |        25   |     1.05



               { Domestic service   { High $4.50 } with        52 cases
  Bedford      {                    { Low   3.00 } board       52  "
               { Other occupations  { High  8.00              110  "
               {                    { Low   4.00              100  "

               { Domestic service   { High  5.00 } with       156  "
  Other        {                    { Low   4.50 } board      156  "
  Institutions { Other occupations  { High  6.00              377  "
               {                    { Low   5.00              377  "

               { Domestic service   { High  5.43 } with        30  "
  Street       {                    { Low   4.29 } board       27  "
  Cases        { Other occupations  { High 13.92              420  "
               {                    { Low   9.88              332  "

    Domestic service                                          238
    Other occupations                                         907--1145



The agencies working to meet the need of wayward and professional
delinquent women and girls in New York City are both private and public,
direct and indirect. Work in this field can rarely be strictly
characterized as either preventive, reformative or correctional. Almost
all the agencies in question do both a preventive and a reformative work,
though, in the main, the tendency toward preventive work is stronger than
that toward rescue work. The following account is not exhaustive, but aims
to deal with the representative institutions in each field.


Preventive agencies cover a very wide range, beginning of course with the
home and family, the school and the church; but important as these and
similar institutions are, they are too general to come within the scope of
this chapter. There are, however, certain societies and institutions which
exert a potent though indirect influence,--among them the New York Society
for the Suppression of Vice, the Society for the Prevention of Crime and
the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. A few
institutions render more direct service,--the Association for Befriending
Children and Young Girls and the Children's Aid Society, for example.
These, with the Home for the Friendless, the Sheltering Arms, the girls'
departments of the Catholic Protectorate, the Juvenile Asylum, and other
organizations maintain homes for the young. There are, moreover, numerous
settlements with a hold on the young through kindergartens, clubs, and
friendly services, doing a quiet but constantly effective preventive work;
independent girls' clubs, thirty special ones in New York, providing
opportunities for friendship, recreation and training; some societies,
such as the Girls' Friendly, offering attractions to girls who have few
advantages in their homes. The work of the Committee on Amusements and
Vacation Resources of Working Girls has been active in the difficult dance
hall problem, previously shown to be an important factor in the
exploitation of prostitution. The Travelers' Aid Society, which assists
incoming women of all classes at railway stations and docks, is a valuable
safeguard. This society definitely helped 18,562 persons in the year 1912.
Of these, 5,161 were from seventeen to twenty-five years of age, and
nearly all women. Similar work for traveling colored girls is done by a
department of the National League on Urban Conditions among Negroes. The
Big Sisters assist girls who have already come to the point of grave
danger. Working along the lines already marked out by the Big Brothers'
Movement, women of devoted abilities are taking little girls who have
already yielded to temptation and endeavoring to win them to useful lives.

Homes for working girls and women, though touching this need indirectly,
touch it strongly. There are many of these homes, maintained by
philanthropic and religious boards of women; seventeen hundred women are
accommodated in them. Their economic value has long been realized; their
moral and social importance is beginning to be appreciated. Their
usefulness as preventive agencies probably varies with the degree of
experience, resourcefulness, and sympathy possessed by those who are
directly in charge.

Among the more definitely preventive agencies may be mentioned, first,
societies of a national scope which aim to create healthy sentiment by
emphasizing the grave dangers of the social evil. Such are the American
Federation of Sex Hygiene and the Society of Sanitary and Moral
Prophylaxis, operating through meetings, lectures and printed matter; the
American Vigilance Association, which, originally organized to secure
legislation and law enforcement as respects the white slave traffic, has
now extended its operations so that it is actively engaged in a propaganda
that touches the entire field of commercialized vice; it publishes a
monthly periodical, _Vigilance_.

Prominent among local organizations is the Committee of Fourteen,
originally organized for the suppression of the Raines Law Hotels, now
occupied in combating all manifestations of commercialized sexual vice in
New York. It endeavors to secure more vigorous and effective action by all
departments of state and city government having power to suppress vice;
and it also strives to improve conditions in saloons and hotels through
the influence and control over such places exercised by brewers and surety

Two societies doing important work in other lines are strongly interested
in educational preventive work--the New York Probation Association and the
Church Mission of Help. Both make special appeal to churches, to
societies, and to clubs of women. The Probation Association organizes
among working girls protective leagues, fourteen of which leagues have
been started. Their main purpose is to secure the help of girls in
protecting other girls. They endeavor to raise the tone of conversation in
places where girls assemble and work. Lectures on sex hygiene are given,
wholesome recreation is encouraged, and higher ideals of life cultivated.
The Church Mission of Help organizes bands of women, principally in
Episcopal churches, to study the needs of wayward girls and to give help
as they are able. Both of these societies encourage parents, guardians,
and girls in need to come to them for advice and help, thus making their
work more personal.

The foregoing direct agencies mainly exert their preventive influence on
the public _en masse_. The more definite and concrete examples of
preventive work appear in the work of homes which concern themselves with
individuals in distress. They take girls, some of them very young girls,
who are subject to bad influences, who are incorrigible, or who for
various reasons find difficulty in their home life. Of such homes there
are several. Those reaching the larger numbers are represented by the
Children's Department of the House of Mercy and the House of the Good
Shepherd. For colored girls the work on the larger scale is done by the
Howard Orphan Asylum, which maintains a house at Kings Park, Long Island.
The smaller homes, of which there are at least six in New York, deal more
personally with the individual girl. Their capacity ranges from 25 to 75.
Of this type is the Free Home for Young Girls, managed by an incorporated
association of church women. The inmates, mostly sent by guardians and
friends, are from eleven to seventeen years of age. A real home life is
maintained. Most of the girls attend the public schools. All are taught
sewing, simple cooking, laundry work, and housework. They remain two or
three years and are sent out to friends or to situations with approved
surroundings. In Brooklyn the Training School and Home for Young Girls
cares for and trains girls by a method similar to that of the Free Home.
Two of these homes are partly preventive and partly reformative--the House
of the Holy Family and the Washington Square Home. The first named is
conducted by the Association for Befriending Young Girls, under the
immediate charge of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, and cares for 75
young girls, mostly Roman Catholics. Instruction in ordinary school
branches is given. Physical exercises, manual training, and domestic
science are taught. Special attention is given to the matter of
amusements; religious as well as friendly care is provided. Provision is
made for all girls leaving the home. Correspondence with Sisters and
visits to the home are encouraged. This home cared for 177 girls in 1912.

The Washington Square Home is a non-sectarian institution. It provides a
home for indefinite periods for girls who have erred or who are in danger
of so doing. They come voluntarily to the home. Twenty-seven can be
accommodated and the home is usually full. Of the 64 received in 1912,
fifty were Protestants, 12 Roman Catholics, and 2 Hebrews. The average age
of the girls is 18. Instruction in housework, laundry, and plain sewing is
given. Girls are kept as long as necessary to train for self-support.

All these homes maintain good discipline and friendly relations. The girls
usually go out equipped to live and with a strong appreciation of what has
been done for them. Unfortunately their facilities are very limited in
consequence of the meager resources. Usually from three to eight girls
occupy a room when, as a matter of principle, each girl should be given
her own cubicle. Moreover, the capacity is far below what is
required.[315] Even as it is, valuable preventive results have been
accomplished in case of those girls who have been reached.


The border line between preventive and reformative work is in theory
definite and clear; in practice, as illustrated by institutions, it is
rather hazy. These institutions and homes endeavor to help women who have
actually yielded to temptation or to force of circumstances.

They are susceptible of division along several lines. Some are small,
under religious or private control, and for the most part reach the less
demoralized class. There are also larger establishments, which receive
both girls committed by the court and girls who enter voluntarily. Among
the former may be mentioned the Margaret Strachan Home, the Midnight
Mission and St. Michael's Home, and the New Shelter for Young Women, quite
recently opened.

The Margaret Strachan Home cares for 24 girls temporarily. They come
voluntarily, through doctors and mission friends, remain from one to six
months, receive certain training under religious influences, and are sent
out to maternity hospitals or to friends. There were 80 girls in the home
in 1911, most of them under twenty years of age. For twenty-nine years
this home has been conducted under the management of an association of
religious women. The Wayside Home in Brooklyn provides a home for
friendless girls and serves as a reformatory for Protestant young girls in
Kings County. It emphasizes home care and practical training.

The St. Michael's Home is at Mamaroneck. It is operated under the
Protestant Episcopal Church by the Sisters of St. John the Baptist. It
cares for 60 girls at a time, most of them for the space of two years.
Instruction in school branches and in housework and home-making is given.
Girls come through parents and guardians, a few by commitment. Many of
them are discovered by the missionary visitor. They go out to proper
places equipped for usefulness.

Of the larger institutions there are four,--the House of the Good
Shepherd, the House of Mercy, the New York Magdalen Benevolent Society and
the Ozanam Home for Friendless Women. All of these receive wayward women
of all kinds, and the House of the Good Shepherd and the House of Mercy
receive little girls from dangerous surroundings. While they do not seek
for committed cases, such are accepted. The Magdalen Society is the oldest
home of this kind, having been founded in 1833.

The Ozanam Home in Brooklyn under the leadership of Roman Catholic women
offers shelter and help to those who wish to reform. The work is of a
temporary nature in that inmates do not as a rule remain in the home over
three weeks. In the year 1912, six hundred and sixty-seven were cared for
at public charges and 198 at private charges.

The House of the Good Shepherd can care for 500 women and girls, making it
the largest institution of the kind. No account is taken of race, color,
or creed, although probably the majority of its wards are Catholic. The
girls are divided into classes according to their condition and purpose of
entering the institution. Some look forward to giving their lives to
religious service; others are to be trained for useful work and to be
discharged when it is best. Volunteers leave at any time. The training
covers usual school work, laundry, cooking, embroidery and lace making.
Physical and recreational needs are cared for.

The House of Mercy does a similar work under the guidance of the
Protestant Episcopal Church. The capacity of this house is 110. At the
close of 1910 there were 107 inmates. These come, some of free will,
others by commitment. The department for women is entirely separate from
that for young girls, which, conducted as the work of St. Agnes Guild, is
referred to above. The women are given practical training in domestic
service and do the work of the large laundry which is a source of income.
Attention is given to recreation, religious training and to the life after
leaving the institution.

The Magdalen Benevolent Society Home cares for about 100 women, the larger
part of whom are committed by magistrates. Erring women under 30 years of
age also come voluntarily into the home for six months or more. Suitable
school and practical training is given, physical and recreational wants
are met, moral influences are exerted, and women go out to situations
approved by the management. Unmarried mothers with babies are received and
trained. This home is non-sectarian in its management and in its work.

All institutions dealing with erring women have to receive in larger or
smaller numbers unmarried girls expecting to become mothers. There are,
however, certain homes specially devoted to this class of women. The
Heartsease Work for Friendless Women in this city, the St. Faith's Home at
Tarrytown, and Lakeview House at Arrochar, Staten Island, are perhaps the
best examples. To these the girls come voluntarily or are directed by
relatives, friends and charitable workers. St. Faith's Home, though
smallest in capacity and in total numbers cared for during the year, is
representative in respect to the policy pursued. From 15 to 17 can be
accommodated, and 39 girls were cared for in 1912, twenty-four of whom
were received during that year. Mothers with their children are kept for
two years in most cases. They are taught all kinds of home work and
especially nursery work. Instruction in the fundamental branches of school
work is given as well as lessons in hygiene, in dress, and in the
expenditure of and accounting for money. Safe places are provided for all
leaving the home. The home is managed by a board of women and an advisory
board of men. It is largely supported by Episcopalians and the work is
done by members of that church.

Lakeview Home, operated under the direction of the Council of Jewish
Women, does a similar work for Hebrew girls. It emphasizes industrial
training and personal work. It cares for 25 women and girls and 24 infants
at a time. The total number cared for in 1912 was 60 girls and 45 infants.

The Heartsease Work is undenominational, though definitely religious. In
addition to the care of women with babies, it provides a temporary home
for erring women and endeavors to fit women for work. It cared for 204
cases in the year 1911-12. Forty were mothers with infants, 61 were girls
becoming mothers, 14 girls were convalescing, and 20 girls were seeking
employment. There were 9 infants without mothers. The home provides
classes for instruction, social entertainments, and religious services.

Definite work to reform this class of women done by three religious
organizations may be mentioned here,--that of the Chinatown Settlement,
the Rescue Mission in Doyers Street, and of the Salvation Army. These
organizations are in a position to touch those more deeply involved in
vice; but the majority of the girls they reach are not prostitutes.

The Chinatown Settlement offers a home and friendly relations to girls
drawn into Chinatown. It affords entertainments, religious teaching, and
practical training. It brings to the home an average of 75 different
girls per month. Two thousand calls on girls were made in 1912. It has a
small country place for summer use.

The Rescue Society reaches girls through mission services, clubs, and
classes. Two thousand, seven hundred and forty-eight women were touched by
the services in 1911.

The Salvation Army maintains rescue and industrial homes in Manhattan and
Brooklyn, as it does in all the chief cities of the land. The home in
Manhattan cares for 50 women and is always full. Some midnight rescue work
is done; but the girls actually taken from the streets are few. This work,
which formerly depended largely upon religious results in meetings, now
accomplishes more by personal influence of workers. The girls are of all
nationalities, their average age, 25. So far as possible, the different
classes are separated in the home. Of 115 inmates in one year 60 were
betrayal cases, 19 were cases of prostitution, and 27 girls were under
serious temptation. Capable girls are trained and sent out to service. The
leaders state that perhaps 80 percent are reformed. The Army also
maintains a home at Tappan on the Hudson for young girls about to become
mothers. This work was formerly the Door of Hope and is still in charge of
Mrs. Whittemore. The Army also does a preventive work for young girls on
its farm in Spring Valley.

The two homes that probably touch the problem of the prostitute and
commercialized traffic in women more closely than any others are Waverly
House and the Florence Crittenton Home. The leaders in these homes are in
close relation to the magistrate's courts and both take care of witnesses
in white slave cases pending in the Federal Court.

Waverly House is under the management of the New York Probation
Association. It accommodates 18 girls, who come through the courts, as
above mentioned, and through philanthropic and religious organizations.
Two hundred and nine were cared for in the house in 1912. They remained
from one day to three months, for Waverly House is a temporary home and
not a reformatory. Most of the girls are young, the largest group between
sixteen and eighteen. With the exception of the court witnesses, girls are
placed in such permanent institutions or positions as will meet their
needs. Personal attention and careful study are most prominent in this
house. Classes in the useful arts, English, and music are provided. One
night each week is "play night," and entertainments of all kinds are
provided. The higher spiritual truths are brought to the girls through a
Sunshine Circle. Through the Employment Bureau the girls of the house, as
well as many who have been arrested, those in moral danger, and many
difficult and incorrigible girls, find situations.

The Florence Crittenton Mission in this city is one of many homes of the
same name situated in the larger cities of this country. It formerly
engaged in a rescue mission work for both men and women. Its work is now
limited to the care of erring women. The home contains 16 rooms, each
occupied by two or more persons. The girls are probationers, girls
released on suspended sentences, witnesses in white slave cases, and women
discharged by the courts; a few come from cafés and from the streets.
During an entire year, 501 girls passed through the home, some staying but
a few hours, others remaining for the year. They range in age from
fourteen to twenty-five years. A night school is maintained, as well as
classes in physical culture and the useful arts. A Helping Hand Class
makes scrap books and small articles for sick children. The pleasure side
of life is met by entertainments, and religious services are regularly
held. The disposition of the 501 girls above mentioned was as follows:

  Situations                  183
  Sent home                   185
  Deported                     17
  In care of organizations     58
  Committed to institutions    19
  Left against wishes          17
  In Home                      22

The work is financed and managed by the National Florence Crittenton

Though not placed strictly under the reformative heading, certain
fundamental phases of the work of the Probation Association and the Church
Mission of Help may here be presented. As stated above, the sphere of
these societies is largely that of clearing houses. They study carefully
the girls who come to them and make of them the disposition best suited to
their needs. The time of study allows opportunities for personal
helpfulness and it is well improved.

The Church Mission of Help began its work by a prolonged study of 229
cases of wayward girls who were more or less connected with the Episcopal
Church. Parental and good home conditions were sadly lacking in most
cases. On the basis of this study the society began its work of
information to the church and of helpfulness to the girls. During the year
1912 it was in touch with 352 girls, of whom 148 were under its direct
care, 58 were cared for on leaving institutions, and 103 were in
institutions. Two hundred and six of these girls were connected with the
Episcopal Church. Twelve other religious bodies were represented, while a
small number of the girls had no religious affiliations. All cases are
referred, where possible, to the churches with which they are or were
connected. The work of this society is largely personal. Besides locating
girls in homes and institutions, employment is found for those fitted for
it. Some court work is done. In addition to paid workers, an increasing
number of trained volunteers are being used. Besides the care of the
church girl and the work of education and prevention done by this society,
its service of visitation in institutions is most valuable. The visits of
sympathetic women to girls in institutions pave the way for a useful
service in their social reinstatement later.

The wider work of the New York Probation Association, which deserves
mention here, is in the form of a careful study of all the cases with
which it has to do. A thorough physical examination is given each girl by
a physician. A mental examination follows and cases are placed under the
direct supervision of a skilled neurologist and psychologist. Careful
records of all facts are kept. The discovery of physical and mental
weakness, often after prolonged study, leads to a definite course of
action. Such scientific results are not only valuable in the practical
treatment of the individual girl, but furnish a basis on which the courts
act, and are of wide usefulness to the student of the conditions which
lead to moral delinquency.


There are three main correctional agencies in New York City: the New York
State Training School for Girls at Hudson, the State Reformatory for Women
at Bedford and the Workhouse. A real work of correction is also
accomplished in the case of those committed to the House of the Good
Shepherd, the House of Mercy, and the Magdalen Benevolent Society Home.
The State Farm for Women, to be situated at Valatie, is not yet
established, and the House of Detention, in connection with the Night
Court for women, which would serve as an intermediary to correctional
agencies, is not yet available.

The New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford Hills, New York, was
opened for commitment in May, 1901. It is supported entirely by state
appropriations. It receives women between the ages of sixteen and thirty
years from the First, Second, Third and Ninth Judicial District, _i. e._,
Greater New York, Long Island and the tier of counties on each side of the
Hudson River as far north as Albany. Over 80 percent of its inmates come
from Greater New York. A woman of suitable age may be committed by any
judge or magistrate for any offense over which he has jurisdiction, except
murder in the first and second degrees, provided, however, that the woman
has not previously been convicted of a felony.

The institution is situated in the heart of Westchester County--39 miles
north of New York City. Here the State owns 192 acres of land and leases
an additional 57 acres. It has at the present time a capacity for 340
inmates, with a population of 505; the expenditure for maintenance last
year was $4.06 per week per capita. It is built on the cottage plan. This
permits of classification, whereby the younger girls are separated from
the older women and the less innocent from the more hardened offenders.

The idea of the institution is that of a good industrial school. There are
book schools in which the inmates receive instruction in reading, writing,
arithmetic, nature study, etc. Physiology and sex hygiene are taught by
the resident physician. All the work of the farm, including the care of
the cattle, pigs and other live stock, is performed by the inmates, with
the exception of the plowing. Much out-door work of a constructive
character is carried on, both for its physical effects and for mental and
moral results. In this constructive work is included a milk house, silo,
stairways and sidewalks made of concrete. Industrial training in laundry
work, various branches of needle work, cooking and other branches of
domestic science is given. The inmates have musical and dramatic clubs.
Their religious needs are met by services conducted by clergymen of their
respective denominations.

The Board of Managers constitute a Board of Parole and while the inmates
are all committed for a maximum of three years, they may be paroled at any
time, if in the judgment of the Board of Managers, such action is
considered to be for their best interest. Parole officers find suitable
homes and suitable work for the paroled women and follow them up
carefully until the expiration of the parole period.

The New York State Training School receives girls under sixteen years of
age from the entire state. Those from New York City come through the
Children's Court. The equipment of the school is very good, the chief need
being for more room. The cottage system used accommodates 385 girls, in
separate sleeping rooms. It is, however, necessary to use other buildings
and parts of buildings for housing purposes. The households are
practically independent of each other, thereby offering, as far as is
possible, the conditions and spirit of a real home.

The methods of work and the life in the school are most commendable. A
personal and individual interest in each girl is manifest from the time of
commitment through the school life and for years after the school is left.
By careful study each one is placed in the cottage and environment where
she will receive the most help and the best training. Changes to insure
development are made, as necessary. A girl's grading depends on her
conduct and proficiency. Discipline is varied, with the principle always
in mind that the individual and not the offense is to be treated.
Humiliation and loss of self-respect are avoided, if possible. The living
conditions and training seem excellent. The girls do the cottage work,
changes being so arranged as to give all a thorough experience in
housework. School sessions of fifteen hours weekly in the morning and
eight weekly in the afternoon prevail. The morning session is the book
school, the afternoon the industrial school. Cooking, plain sewing,
dressmaking, physical culture, gardening, and vocal music are carefully
taught. Religious instruction is given by representatives of various
churches under direction of the state. Amusements are afforded at proper
times, are well arranged and heartily indulged in. That there is a spirit
of pride and enthusiasm in work and a feeling of happiness in the life is
quite believable when one realizes that so many old girls wish to visit
the school that they cannot be accommodated. The records show that the
delinquent girl of normal mind can be and is cured. Girls of sub-normal
mind are still to some extent cared for in this school; but they should be
in a special institution.

The Workhouse receives about 75 percent of all women prisoners convicted
of offenses related to prostitution in the magistrates' courts in this
city. In the year 1912, three thousand, five hundred and thirteen women
charged with soliciting and loitering were committed to the Workhouse for
periods up to six months. About 50 percent of these, as shown by the
fingerprint process, are repeaters, each of whom had been arrested from
two to eight times. The life in the Workhouse is generally conceded to be
not only useless but actually harmful. The Chief Magistrate of the city
has stated in print the following: "The present Workhouse, through no
fault of the Commissioner or its officers, is a poor place for these
women. The building does not meet the requirements for these cases. A new
institution should be provided; not a lounging, unsanitary place, but a
real workhouse, looking to reformation as well as punishment."

The reformatories in 1912 received through the courts 286 women. To
Bedford were committed, 108; to the House of Mercy, 4; to the House of the
Good Shepherd, 100; to the Magdalen Home, 74. Most, though not all these
cases, were strictly related to prostitution. Through the Children's Court
of the city, of the 120 cases charged with tendency to moral depravity and
convicted in the year 1912, sixty-two were committed to institutions and
58 were placed on probation. Girls under sixteen committed to the House of
the Good Shepherd numbered 64, to the House of Mercy, 57, and to the
Training School at Hudson, 32; but not all of these cases involved

The following table summarizes the institutions for friendless and wayward
girls, in so far as they are described in the text; though numerous, their
capacity and resources are obviously quite inadequate to the need:

  NAME           |OBJECT        |CAPA-|  TOTAL |SOURCES OF       |EXPENSES
                 |              |CITY |  CARED | SUPPORT         |
                 |              |     |  FOR 1 |                 |
                 |              |     |  YEAR  |                 |
  Heartsease     |Prevention and|  25 |   204  |Contributions    |$ 3,300
  Work           |reformation   |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  House of the   |Prevention and|  75 |   177  |City grant,      | 13,850
  Holy Family    |reformation   |     |        |contributions,   |
                 |              |     |        |sewing-room, etc.|
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Washington     |Prevention and|  27 |    85  |Investments,     |  6,160
  Square Home    |reformation   |     |        |city grant,      |
  for Friendless |              |     |        |contributions    |
  Girls          |              |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Margaret       |Reformation of|  24 |    80  |Investments,     |  3,238
  Strachan       |first cases.  |     |        |contributions    |
  Home           |Training      |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  House of the   |Protection and| 500 |   880  |County grants,   |100,690
  Good Shepherd  |reformation   |     |        |industrial dept. |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  House of Mercy |Protection and| 110 |   183  |Investments, city| 22,247
                 |reformation   |     |        |grant, laundry,  |
                 |              |     |        |etc.,            |
                 |              |     |        |contributions    |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  New York       |Reformation   | 106 |   237  |City grants,     | 27,690
  Magdalen       |              |     |        |laundry, etc.,   |
  Benevolent     |              |     |        |contributions    |
  Society        |              |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  St. Michael's  |Reformation   |  60 |    88  |Investments,     |  8,000
  Home           |and training  |     |        |contributions    |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Waverley House |Temporary care|  26 |   209  |Contributions,   | 22,371
                 |              |     |        |investments, fees|
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Salvation Army |Reformation   |  50 |   115  |Sewing room,     |  7,652
  Rescue Home    |and training  |     |        |etc.,            |
                 |              |     |        |contributions    |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Door of Hope   |Shelter and   |  25 |    56  |Contributions,   |  3,451
                 |reformation   |     |        |sewing           |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Chinatown and  |Care and      |   6 |    84  |Contributions    |  3,059
  Bowery         |reformation   |     |        |                 |
  Settlement     |              |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Florence       |Reformation   |  36 |   967  |Contributions    |  9,319
  Crittenton     |              |     |        |                 |
  Mission        |              |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  New Shelter    |Reformation   |  20 |   140  |Private patron   |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  St. Faith's    |Shelter and   |  17 |    31  |Contributions    |  7,404
  Home           |reformation   |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Lakeview Home  |Care for first|  25 |    60  |Subscriptions,   |  8,476
                 |offenders     |     |(plus 45|contributions    |
                 |              |     |infants)|                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  St. Katherine's|Shelter and   |  13 |    13  |Subscriptions and|  3,531
  Homes          |reformation   |     |(plus 13|contributions    |
                 |              |     |infants)|                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Ozanam Home for|Care and      | 100 |   865  |City  grants,    |
  Friendless     |reformation   |     |        |industrial dept.,|  8,957
  Women          |              |     |        |contributions    |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Wayside Home   |Reformation   |  21 |    67  |City grants,     |
                 |and training  |     |        |contributions    |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Free Home for  |Care and      |  30 |    53  |Invests funds,   |  5,402
  Young Girls    |prevention    |     |        |contribt's       |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  Brooklyn School|Care and      |  30 |    94  |City grants,     |  8,000
  and Home for   |prevention    |     |        |contributions    |
  Young Girls    |              |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  New York State |Correction and| 335 |   440  |State grants     | 99,278
  Training School|reformation   |     |        |                 |
  for Girls      |              |     |        |                 |
                 |              |     |        |                 |
  State          |Correction and| 340 |   763  |State grants     | 89,721
  Reformatory for|reformation   |     |        |                 |
  Women          |              |     |        |                 |
                 |              |Daily         |                 |
                 |              |average, 422. |                 |




    _Places_      | _Number of_|_Different Vice_ |_Number of_
                  | _Buildings_|_Resorts in Them_|_Investigations Made_
  Parlor Houses   |     142    |       142       |        441
  Massage Parlors |      70    |        75       |         78
  Tenements       |     578    |      1172       |       1245
  Furnished Rooms |     112    |       112       |        148
  Hotels          |     105    |       105       |        560
                  |    ----    |      ----       |       ----
       TOTALS     |    1007    |      1606       |       2472



                             |      _Number of Different_    |
    _Places_                 |-------------------------------|_Number of
                             |_Addresses of_|_Investigations_|Prostitutes
                             |  _Buildings_ |     _Made_     |Counted_
  Saloons, cafes and concert |     308      |       1304     |    2689
    halls                    |              |                |
  Miscellaneous places allied|              |                |
    with prostitution        |      71      |        145     |     385
  Semi-public places used by |              |                |
    prostitutes              |      20      |         35     |     150
                             |    ----      |       ----     |    ----
      Totals                 |     399      |       1484     |    3224



    _Places_     |_Number of_|  _Inmates_    | _Total Including_
                 | _Inmates_ |_Estimated but_|_those Counted and_
                 | _Counted_ |  _not seen_   |     _Estimated_
  Parlor Houses  |    1686   |     2609      |    2609
  Massage Parlors|     153   |      ..       |     153
  Tenements      |    2294   |     2976      |    2976
  Furnished Rooms|     227   |      ..       |     227
  Hotels         |     583   |      ..       |     583
                 |    ----   |     ----      |    ----
                 |    4943   |     5585      |    6548



                 |_Mmes. or Housekeepers_
                 |      +---------------------------------------------------
                 |      |_Maids_
                 |      |     +---------------------------------------------
                 |      |     |_Cooks_
                 |      |     |     +---------------------------------------
                 |      |     |     | _Butcher & Grocer_
                 |      |     |     |-----+---------------------------------
                 |      |     |     |     |_Lighthouse_
                 |      |     |     |     |     +---------------------------
                 |      |     |     |     |     |_Gas & Electricity_
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    +----------------------
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |_Telephone_
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |    +-----------------
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |    |_Rent_
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |    |     +-----------
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |    |     |_Entertain-
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |    |     | ment
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |    |     |Tickets_
                 |      |     |     |     |     |    |    |     |    +------
  _Address_      |      |     |     |     |     |    |    |     |    | Total
  No. -- W. 18th |  $140| $104|  $40| $160| $120| $35| $15| $150| $50|  $814
  No. -- W. 24th |   132|   80|   40|  160|  100|  20|   8|  175|  20|   735
  No. -- W. 25th |    48|   78|   34|  140|   60|  18|   8|  200|  20|   606
  No. -- W. 25th |   148|  148|   40|  200|   40|  25|  10|  208|  20|   839
  No. -- W. 25th |    65|   88|   47|  148|   82|  32|   .|  208|  35|   705
  No. -- W. 25th |   160|   76|   32|  120|    .|  25|   8|  125|  25|   571
  No. -- W. 28th |   136|  116|   32|  140|  100|  30|  15|  110|  50|   729
  No. -- W. 28th |   248|   88|   40|  140|  120|  25|   .|  110|  50|   821
  No. -- W. 31st |     .|   80|   40|  120|    .|  35|   8|  208|  25|   516
  No. -- W. 35th |   192|   78|   34|  200|   84|  30|  10|  150|  20|   798
  No. -- W. 40th |     .|   52|   32|   48|    .|  12|   6|  125|   .|   275
  No. -- W. 40th |     .|   56|   40|   60|    .|  12|   .|  125|   .|   293
  No. -- W. 40th |   128|   80|   36|  120|   72|  35|  12|  125|  20|   628
  No. -- W. 56th |   172|  112|   48|  180|   60|  35|  15|  175|   .|   797
  No. -- 6th Ave.|    72|   60|   44|  140|  100|  25|   .|  200|  50|   691
  No. -- 6th Ave.|   108|  100|   48|  120|   60|  15|  10|  208|  20|   680
  No. -- 6th Ave.|   128|   80|   40|  120|  120|  30|   .|  175|  40|   733
  No. -- 6th Ave.|    60|   64|   48|  200|    .|  20|  10|  166|  25|   593
  No. -- 6th Ave.|   120|   60|   32|  140|    .|  25|   8|  150|  20|   555
  No. -- 6th Ave.|    64|   48|   32|   48|   80|  15|   .|  150|   .|   437
  No. -- 6th Ave.|   128|   54|   40|  140|   60|  25|  10|  175|  35|   667
  No. -- 6th Ave.|   128|  120|   44|  180|  100|  35|  15|  175|  50|   847
  No. -- 6th Ave.|    60|   44|    .|  180|   72|  20|   6|  225|  20|   627
  No. -- W. 24th |    72|   96|   36|   80|  160|  20|  10|  175|  25|   674
  No. -- W. 26th |   168|  120|   36|  180|   60|  40|  15|  150|  50|   819
  No. -- W. 27th |    60|  52 |   40|  100|   80|  25|   8|  175|  30|   570
  No. -- W. 28th |    60|  76 |   40|  160|  120|  25|  10|  200|  50|   741
  No. -- W. 28th |    60|  56 |   48|  140|    .|  12|   .|  125|   .|   441
  No. -- W. 36th |   160|  88 |   40|  140|   80|  30|  10|  150|  50|   748
  No. -- W. 36th |   180|  80 |   36|  120|   80|  25|  10|  150|  25|   706
  Monthly Totals | $3197| 2434| 1139| 4124| 2010| 746| 237| 4943| 825| 19665
  Year's Total   |$41561|31642|14807|53612|26130|8952|2844|59316|9900|248764



                    |      +--------------------------------------
                    |      |_Lighthouse, bell boys, etc._
                    |      |     +--------------------------------
                    |      |     |_Butcher & Grocer_
                    |      |     |     +--------------------------
                    |      |     |     | _Gas & Electricity_
                    |      |     |     |     +--------------------
                    |      |     |     |     |_Telephone_
                    |      |     |     |     |    +---------------
                    |      |     |     |     |    |_Rent_
                    |      |     |     |     |    |     +---------
  _Address_         |      |     |     |     |    |     | _Total_
  No. -- W. 43rd St.|   $36|  $ .|  $60|  $10|  $8|  $75|  $189
  No. -- W. 45th St.|    32|    .|   60|   10|   8|  125|   235
  No. -- W. 49th St.|    64|    .|   75|   12|   8|  100|   259
  No. -- W. 50th St.|    64|   10|   80|   10|   .|  100|   264
  No. -- W. 55th St.|    64|    .|   60|   12|  15|  110|   261
  No. -- W. 58th St.|    44|    .|   55|    8|   .|   36|   143
  No. -- W. 58th St.|    52|    .|   60|    8|   5|   50|   175
  No. -- W. 58th St.|    44|  230|  100|   10|   6|   50|   440
  No. -- W. 60th St.|    60|    .|   60|    8|   5|   75|   208
  No. -- W. 65th St.|    32|    .|   40|    7|   5|   60|   144
  Monthly Totals    |  $492|  240|  650|   95|  60|  781|  2318
  Year's Totals     | $6396| 3120| 8450| 1140| 720| 9372| 29198



                 |      +-------------------------------------------------
                 |      |_Maids_
                 |      |     +-------------------------------------------
                 |      |     |_Cooks_
                 |      |     |    +--------------------------------------
                 |      |     |    | _Butcher & Grocer_
                 |      |     |    |-----+--------------------------------
                 |      |     |    |     |_Piano Player_
                 |      |     |    |     |    +---------------------------
                 |      |     |    |     |    |_Cab Boy_
                 |      |     |    |     |    |    +----------------------
                 |      |     |    |     |    |    |_Gas & Electricity_
                 |      |     |    |     |    |    |    +-----------------
                 |      |     |    |     |    |    |    |_Telephone_
                 |      |     |    |     |    |    |    |    +------------
                 |      |     |    |     |    |    |    |    |_Rent_
                 |      |     |    |     |    |    |    |    |     +------
  _Address_      |      |     |    |     |    |    |    |    |     | Total
  No. -- W. 38th |  $152| $112| $40| $200| $88| $56| $45| $12| $166| $871
  No. -- W. 41st |   152|  104|  48|  250| 100|   .|  45|  15|  210|  924
  No. -- W. 46th |   140|   96|  44|  240|  80|  48|  45|  15|  230|  938
  No. -- W. 46th |   136|  144|  44|  200|  80|  48|  60|  15|  225|  952
  No. -- W. 46th |    80|  128|  40|  200|  80|   .|  45|  12|  175|  760
  No. -- W. 47th |   144|   88|  44|  240|   .|  40|  45|  20|  250|  871
  No. -- W. 49th |   200|   88|  40|  240|   .|   .|  40|  20|  200|  828
  No. -- W. 52nd |   140|  112|  48|  240|  80|  60|  40|  15|  150|  885
  Monthly Totals | $1144|  872| 348| 1810| 508| 252| 365| 124| 1606| 7029
  Year's Total   |$14872|11336|4524|23530|6604|3276|4380|1488|19272|89282



                        |    _All Streets in Manhattan_        |
        _Period_        |--------------------------------------+
                        |_Street_ |   _Street_    |            |
                        |_Walkers_| _Walkers who_ |  _Number_  |
                        |_Counted_|  _Solicited_  |_of Reports_|
                        |         |_Investigators_|            |
  Jan. 24th to Feb. 24th|    482  |      104      |     157    |
  Feb. 24th to Mar. 24th|    492  |      133      |     149    |
  Mar. 24th to Apr. 24th|    490  |      104      |     129    |
  Apr. 24th to May 24th |    883  |      117      |     214    |
  May 24th to June 24th |   1203  |      118      |     259    |
  June 24th to July 24th|    696  |       72      |     245    |
  July 24th to Sept. 1st|   1048  |       52      |     201    |
  Sept. 1st to Oct. 1st |    451  |       45      |      69    |
  Oct. 1st to Nov. 1st  |    738  |       34      |     134    |
  Nov. 1st to Nov. 15th |    276  |       14      |      39    |
          TOTALS        |   6759  |      793      |    1596    |

                        |           _Broadway_
        _Period_        |--------------------------------------
                        |_Street_ |   _Street_    |
                        |_Walkers_| _Walkers who_ |  _Number_
                        |_Counted_|  _Solicited_  |_of Reports_
                        |         |_Investigators_|
  Jan. 24th to Feb. 24th|     38  |        8      |       9
  Feb. 24th to Mar. 24th|    105  |       25      |      22
  Mar. 24th to Apr. 24th|    195  |       25      |      28
  Apr. 24th to May 24th |    435  |       46      |      74
  May 24th to June 24th |    562  |       40      |      69
  June 24th to July 24th|    479  |       25      |     114
  July 24th to Sept. 1st|    593  |       20      |      87
  Sept. 1st to Oct. 1st |    209  |       18      |      22
  Oct. 1st to Nov. 1st  |    352  |       16      |      55
  Nov. 1st to Nov. 15th |    207  |       12      |      12
          TOTALS        |   3175  |      235      |     492

Of the total number of street walkers counted, over 47% were on Broadway.

Of the total number of street walkers who solicited investigators, nearly
30% were on Broadway.

Of the total number of reports on streets, about 31% related to Broadway.



           |Jan |Feb |Mar |Apr |May |Jun |Jul |Sept|Oct |Nov |      |
           | 24 | 24 | 24 | 24 | 24 | 24 | 24 | 1  | 1  | 1  |Total |
  Precincts| to | to | to | to | to | to | to | to | to | to | Six  |_Pct_
           |Feb |Mar |Apr |May |Jun |Jul |Sept|Oct |Nov |Nov |Months|
           | 24 | 24 | 24 | 24 | 24 | 24 | 1  | 1  | 1  | 15 |      |
      1    |    |    |    |    |    |  7 |  3 |    |  2 |    |   12 |   .75
      2    |    |    |    |    |    |  7 |  2 |    |  3 |    |   12 |   .75
      5    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |  1 |    |    1 |   .07
      6    |    |    |  1 |  1 |  3 |  1 |  1 |    |    |    |    7 |   .45
      7    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
      8    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
     10    |    |    |    |    |    |  2 |    |    |    |    |    2 |   .13
     12    |    |    |  1 |  4 |    |  3 |    |    |    |    |    8 |   .50
     13    |    |    |  2 |  4 |    |  1 |    |  1 |    |    |    8 |   .50
     14    |  1 |    |    |    |    |  1 |  4 |    |    |    |    6 |   .38
     15    | 22 |  7 | 18 | 14 | 26 | 14 |  8 |  1 |  6 |  1 |  117 |  7.33
     16    |  3 |    |  1 |    |    |  1 |  4 |    |  1 |  1 |   11 |   .70
     17    |    |    |  2 |    |    |    |  1 |    |    |    |    3 |   .20
     18    | 18 | 10 |  8 | 16 |  4 | 16 | 15 |  4 | 13 |  8 |  112 |  7.02
     21    | 24 | 13 |  8 | 21 | 32 | 11 | 12 |  2 |  7 |  2 |  132 |  8.25
     22    | 17 | 22 |  8 | 13 | 28 | 13 | 15 | 14 | 10 |    |  140 |  8.75
     23    | 35 | 21 | 28 | 73 | 64 | 69 | 51 | 28 | 40 | 13 |  422 | 26.40
     25    |  1 |  2 |    |    | 21 |  2 |  3 |    |  2 |    |   31 |  1.95
     26    |  4 | 13 | 13 | 29 | 38 | 59 | 37 |  7 | 18 |  7 |  225 | 14.08
     28    |  1 | 13 | 13 | 14 | 12 | 11 | 11 |    |  6 |    |   81 |  5.08
     29    |  1 |  3 |  1 |    |  5 |  4 |  4 |    |  2 |  3 |   23 |  1.45
     31    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
     32    |  3 | 10 |  7 | 15 | 10 | 11 | 20 |  5 | 11 |  2 |   94 |  5.90
     33    |  1 |    |  2 |  3 |  1 |  1 |    |    |    |    |    8 |   .50
     35    |    |    |    |    |    |    |  1 |    |    |    |    1 |   .07
     36    |  9 | 18 |  4 |  5 |  9 |  5 |  9 |  5 |  9 |  2 |   75 |  4.70
     39    |  3 |  5 |  5 |    |  3 |    |    |    |    |    |   16 |  1.02
     40    |    |    |    |    |  1 |  3 |    |    |    |    |    4 |   .25
     43    | 14 | 12 |  7 |  2 |  2 |  2 |    |  2 |  3 |    |   45 |  2.82
           |157 |149 |129 |214 |259 |244 |201 | 69 |134 | 39 | 1596 |100.00



_Captains of Police Precincts._ It is the duty of a police captain to
report to the police commissioners on the fifth of each month:

1. Steps taken to enforce provisions of the Penal Law with reference to
disorderly houses within his precinct.

2. Steps taken to enforce the Penal Law and Greater New York Charter
regarding concert saloons, dives and other places where disorderly,
degraded or lawless people congregate.

3. Steps taken to enforce the Liquor Tax Laws and ordinances relating to
various crimes above mentioned.

No. 55 Under Rule 42.--When any room or building in any part or portion
within the precinct is known to the captain to be kept, used, or occupied
for purposes of prostitution, assignation, or other immoral purpose, he
must give notice in writing to the owner, lessee or occupant, that such
room or building is so used, and that it is a misdemeanor.[316]

No. 56 Under Rule 42.--If the occupation and use of such premises shall
continue the captain will obtain warrants for and cause the arrest of such
owner, lessee or occupant for a misdemeanor and cause them to be
prosecuted as required by law.[317]

No. 100 Under Rule 42.--Captains will make charges of neglect of duty
against any patrolman under their command who fails to discover a serious
breach of the peace occurring on his post, during his tour of duty; or who
shall fail to arrest any party guilty of such offense.[318]

No. 13 Under Rule 45.--If a policeman is on duty on a post where houses of
ill-fame are suspected to exist, he should be careful to restrain acts of
disorder, prevent soliciting from windows, doors or on streets, and arrest
all persons found so doing, also carefully observe all other places of a
suspicious nature, obtain evidence as to the character and ownership of
such houses, by whom frequented and report results of his observation to
his commanding officer.[319]



_X_ 25. _Sixth Avenue--a one-dollar house._

March 5, 12.40 A. M. The investigator visited this place at the
solicitation of X 26, a lighthouse stationed at the corner of Sixth Avenue
and 29th Street. He counted 14 inmates and bought a pint bottle of beer
for 25 cents from the madame. The names of some of the inmates are Mignon,
Helen, Violet and Georgette.

March 6, 1912, 11 P. M. This house is reported as running about a year.
Names of some of inmates: Alice, Louise and Mabel.

May 25, 1912. Rosie, X 27, was an inmate here on this date.

July 21, 1912. Flora, X 28, and Violet, X 29, were inmates here on this

August 25, 1912. The proprietors are X 30, and X 31. The madame is X 32.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 7. _James Slip._

At 2 P. M. on April 10, 1912, there were seven inmates in the receiving
parlor. One of these girls said there were three more, making ten in all.
All were dressed in the regular parlor house costume and all claimed to
possess medical certificates. Tony, X 8, is said to be connected with this
house, and reaps the profits from the business. The girls receive one-half
of what they make, _i. e._, twenty-five cents from every visitor. The
sanitary conditions are very bad.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 33. _Sixth Avenue--a one-dollar house._

February 5, 1912. X 34, the proprietor of this place, is a power in the
Tenderloin. One of his women, whose name is Rosie, is madame at this

February 6, 1912. The investigator counted 8 inmates. Some of the inmates'
names are Daisy, Rose and Bertha. The house is open night and day.

February 19, 1912. 1.30 A. M. The investigator counted 14 inmates. The
madame was stationed in the hall with her ticket puncher.

February 24, 1912. An inmate in this house told the investigator that Dr.
X 35 is the physician employed by the house.

April 4, 1912. X 36 was an inmate on this date.

July 9, 1912. X 37 was an inmate on this date.

July 15, 1912. X 38 and X 39 were inmates on this date.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 41. _West 24th Street--a one-dollar house._

February 2, 1912. 9.30 P. M. to 10.45 P. M. The investigator counted nine
men entering.

February 19, 1912. 9.30 P. M. The investigator counted 14 inmates. The
Madame is X 42. The names of some of the inmates on this date are Pearl,
Marie, Clara and Sadie.

March 24, 1912. The physician for this place is X 43.

May 24, 1912. The proprietor of the resort is X 44.

May 25, 1912. X 45, an inmate here on this date claims that this is a good
"money house."

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 46. _West 25th Street--a one-dollar house._

February 1, 1912. 9 to 9.30 P. M. The investigator counted 9 inmates.

February 24, 1912. 2 A. M. The investigator counted 12 inmates and
estimated 16. The proprietors are X 47 and X 48.

March 1, 1912. 9.30 P. M. The investigator counted 14 inmates. X 49 is
said to be a proprietor.

March 19, 1912. 8.45 P. M. The investigator counted 14 inmates.

March 29, 1912. The investigator was present when a young thief, X 50,
sold the madame, X 51, a dress he claimed to have stolen from a department
store. X 35 is the house doctor here. The house is conducted by X 52.

X 51, the madame of this place, is the wife of X 47, the proprietor. X 43
is the physician. The investigator estimated the number of inmates as 19.
Gussie often acts as madame.

April 16, 1912. X 53, the girl of X 54 is the assistant madame and
housekeeper here.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 59. _West 25th Street--a one-dollar house._

February 1, 1912. 10.30-11.30 P. M. The investigator counted 11 inmates.
The house is kept by X 17 in partnership with X 34. The names of some of
the inmates on this date are Ruth, Elsie, and Margarita.

February 6, 1912. X 17, keeper of this place, has two other houses.

February 25, 1912. 9.15 P. M. The investigators counted 20 inmates. Eight
pimps were present. The names of two of the girls on this date were Edith
and May.

March 19, 1912. The investigator counted 14 inmates.

March 23, 1912. 1 A. M. The investigator counted 21 inmates and estimated
24. X 17 is the madame, also proprietor together with X 34. The house
physician on this date is X 43. X 60 is a man said to be connected with
this place. The names of some of the inmates on this date are Cora, Ruth,
Violet, Lottie, Sophie, Blanche, and Mamie.

April 24, 1912. The names of some of the inmates on this date are X 61, X
62, and X 63.

May 24, 1912. X 2, who is an inmate of this house and has a country-wide
reputation, does an exceedingly large business.

June 18, 1912. X 17, the madame, is in partnership with X 34.

July 12, 1912. The names of two inmates on this date are X 64 and X 65.

July 16, 1912. The investigator counted 12 inmates and estimated 16.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 67. _West 25th Street--a one-dollar house._

February 1, 1912. 9.30-10.30 P. M. The investigator counted 6 inmates and
estimated 8. Annie acts as madame.

February 8, 1912. The proprietors of this place are X 68 and X 69.

February 19, 1912. 12.05 A. M. The investigator counted 12 inmates. Liquor
is sold in this house on the quiet. The names of some of the inmates on
this date are Marie, Laura, Mary, and Nellie.

February 23, 1912. 12.20 A. M. The investigator counted 10 inmates. X 49
is said to own a part interest in this place. Liquor not sold on this

March 2, 1912. 12.15 A. M. The investigator counted 10 inmates and
estimated 17. Cigarettes sold but no liquors. The names of some of the
inmates on this date are X 70, Rosie, Grace and Mabel.

March 19, 1912. 8.15 P. M. The investigator counted 19 inmates. Bessie
acted as madame. X 69 and X 72 are reported as the proprietors of this

June 10, 1912. 11.20 P. M. The investigator counted 12 inmates and
estimated 15. The proprietors are X 72 and X 73. Names of inmates on this
date are Anna, Grace and Rose.

June 13, 1912. The investigators counted 13 inmates and estimated 15. The
names of some of the inmates on this date are Marcelle, Grace, Dollie and
Fannie. The place was formerly owned by X 72, X 69 and another. X 72
forced X 69 out and is now the chief owner. The share of X 69 was sold to
X 73.

June 19, 1912. Inmate Nellie says she turns her earnings over to her pimp,
X 74.

July 11, 1912. The names of three inmates on this date are X 75, X 76 and
X 77.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 78. _West 27th Street--a one-dollar house._

February 8, 1912. The proprietors of this place are X 68, X 69 and X 72.

February 25, 1912. 8.30 P. M. The investigator counted 12 inmates.

March 4, 1912. 12.15 A. M. The investigator counted 16 inmates. The
investigator was solicited to go here by a lighthouse, X 79. The
proprietors are X 68 and X 69. The names of some of the inmates on this
date are Ray, Matilda, Jennie, Belle and Georgie.

March 6, 1912. The investigator witnessed X 69 in conversation with a
patrolman. X 68 is the chief owner.

March 24, 1912. The investigator counted 16 inmates. The physician of this
place is X 80. The inmates pay him $1 per visit.

June 19, 1912. 11.30. The investigator was given a card to this place. X
69 forced X 72 out and bought his interest.

June 28, 1912. The investigator was handed a card to this place by a woman
on Seventh Avenue near 28th Street. He saw another card on the sidewalk
near West 27th Street on Seventh Avenue.

July 12, 1912. The names of three inmates of this house on this date are X
81, X 82 and X 83. The name of the owner of the property as given in the
tax book for 1912 is X 84.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 16. _West 31st Street--a one-dollar house._

February 8, 1912. 4.15 P. M. The investigator was approached on the street
by a woman "runner" and given cards to above address. She said she had 5
or 6 girls there and she invited him to follow her. The investigator said
he might call in the evening, and she told him to ring the bell on the

February 14, 1912. 12 P. M. The investigator counted 8 inmates, and was
told there were 12 working here. The investigator had been solicited to
come here by a cab driver, X 85.

February 16, 1912. The madame's name is Rose.

February 20, 1912. 9.20 P. M. The investigator was solicited on Sixth
Avenue by a woman "runner" to enter this house. She had been stopping
other men. The investigator counted 6 inmates. Mamie acted as madame. The
names of some of the inmates on this date are Goldie, Ella, and Richmond.

March 7, 1912. 1.30 A. M. The investigator saw a prostitute who solicits
on Sixth Avenue take four different men to this address within an hour,
the first floor of which is a house of prostitution run by Madame Rose.

April 24, 1912. The name of the madame is X 86. The proprietors are X 34
and X 17.

May 14, 1912. X 86, the real madame, conducts this house on a 20 percent
basis for X 34.

May 24, 1912. X 88 drunkard, lighthouse and procurer, works for X 34 at
this address. He usually stands in front of X 89.

June 12, 1912. 3.00 A. M. The investigator talked with two men who had
just come from this house. An inmate had shown one of the men her card
punched with holes indicating that she had entertained 60 men that night.

July 10, 1912. The place is reported as closed, probably on the
instructions of X 34. X 90 and X 17 are interested here.

July 15, 1912. The name of an inmate at this house on this date is X 91.
The name of the owner of this property as given in the tax book for 1912
is X 92.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 93. _West 40th Street--a one-dollar house._

March 8, 1912. 10.40 P. M. The investigator counted 5 inmates. The name of
the madame is Rosie; proprietor, X 94. The names of some of the inmates on
this date are Ethel, Della, Josie and Maria.

March 14, 1912. 12.30 A. M. The investigator was taken to this place by X
95. This place is running very quietly.

May 14, 1912. X 96 and his brother, X 94, are partners in the house.

June 12, 1912. The name of an inmate on this date is X 97. The name of the
owner of this property as given in the tax book for 1912 is X 98.

       *       *       *       *       *

_X_ 99. _West 40th Street--a one-dollar house._

February 1, 1912. 11.30 P. M. The investigator saw men go in and out of
this place. He was unable to gain admittance.

February 13, 1912. 10.00 P. M. The investigator saw five men enter in half
an hour.

February 16, 1912. 10.00 P. M. The investigator counted 2 inmates and
estimated 8. The madame's name is Rosie. The proprietor of the place is X
100. The name of the owner of the property as given in the tax book for
1912 is X 101.

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_X_ 102. _West 40th Street._

February 1, 1912. X 103, partner of X 44, has practised prostitution and
run houses for ten years.

February 6, 1912. The investigator counted 12 inmates. The proprietors are
X 44 and X 103, who also acts as housekeeper. X 44 hangs out at X 104.

April 27, 1912. 9.00 P. M. The investigator counted 5 inmates and
estimated 6. The price of the house is $2 and $5. Drinks are sold--$2 for
an ordinary round, and $5 for a quart of champagne. The name of the madame
is X 105. The names of some of the inmates on this date are Mignon, Lucy,
Emma and Fifi. The name of a man connected with the house is X 106. The
owner of the property is X 108.




February 24, 1912, investigator visited a cider stube in a tenement
building at X 128, St. Mark's Place. A waitress solicited him to enter a
rear room for immoral purposes. The woman who conducts this stube is X
127, this being the name of the woman mentioned in the letter quoted in
Chapter II. The investigator says in his report that X 127 was formerly
with X 126 at X 125, East 5th Street.

There are 13 families living at X 128, St. Mark's Place. In these families
are 7 boys under 16 and 14 girls under 16. Five single young men and 3
single young women over 16 also live in this tenement house.

On February 21, 1812, between 7 and 8 P. M., investigator was solicited by
a waitress in a cider stube in a tenement at X 129, East 6th Street. The
stube is in the basement and the proprietress said she would send out for
a young girl, but as she had previously been in trouble because of a 15
year old girl, she did not want to take another chance.

There are 38 families living at this address, with 20 boys and 20 girls
all under 16 years of age. Seven single men and 9 single women over 16
also live in this tenement.

X 130 lives at X 131, West 102nd Street, with a friend who has a furnished
apartment. The janitress is named X 132, and X 130 says she does not pay
any attention to what goes on in the tenement so long as the girls do not
become too bold. Some of the prostitutes have been in his tenement as long
as 10 years.

X 130 is a chorus girl during the regular season. She has been with
several well known companies.

X 133 is the janitor at X 134, West 28th Street. Four street walkers bring
men to their rooms in this building for immoral purposes. One of these
women said that they each paid $5 per week to the janitor for the
privilege of using their rooms in this way. The janitor has a family
consisting of his wife and three children. One boy is 10 and the eldest
girl 17 years of age.

On February 13, 1912, between 3.30 and 4.30 P. M., two colored girls who
appeared to be 17 and 18 years of age respectively were soliciting men on
the street to enter a tenement house at X 136, West 40th Street. The
children from Public School No. X 137, a short distance away, were playing
along the street on their way home. The colored girls were particularly
insistent and talked in loud tones intermingled with vile remarks and
oaths. Some of the children who did not appear to be more than 10 or 11
years old noticed the two colored girls and laughed at them, pointing
their fingers.

Seven colored families live in this tenement. The prostitutes who
solicited offered to reduce the price to 50 cents if the hallway were
used. On March 4, 1912, a colored girl entered the hallway with a white
man. The conditions in this building are extremely unsanitary. The
hallways are dark and full of odors, the stairs in a state of

X 138 and a younger girl rented two rooms in a tenement at X 139, East
122nd Street. On January 30, 1912, about 9.15 P. M., X 138 solicited the
investigator on the street to accompany her to this tenement for immoral
purposes. The girls paid $4 per week for the rooms and the landlord had
told X 138 that they could bring men into the house if they desired. A man
by the name of Louis has tried several times to induce X 138 to enter a
house of prostitution. "This man," said the girl, "is a swell dresser and
wears diamonds." He even went so far one night as to impersonate a
detective and threatened to arrest her for soliciting on the street,
thinking in this way to frighten her into complying with his request. X
138 said that he receives $50 for every girl he secures for houses.

The investigator called at this address again on February 1 for the
purpose of talking further with X 138 and tried to obtain a description of
the procurer of whom she spoke. The hour was 5 P. M. As he entered the
hallway a boy about 11 or 12 years of age asked him whom he wanted to see.
"Mrs. X 140 has been out and so has Mrs. X 141," said the boy, "and now
there are only two w---- on the top floor." Four families live at this
address, in which there are 2 boys and 1 girl under 16.

Mrs. X 118 lives on the third floor of a tenement at X 117, West 58th
Street. Mrs. X 118 has two daughters; one, a girl of 18, is divorced from
her husband whom she met when her mother conducted a similar business on
West 49th Street, and lives here with her mother. The other daughter, X
142, is 15 years of age. On February 24, 1912, about 1 A. M., investigator
saw a young man talking to X 142 in the rear of the flat. X 118 said X 142
is attending a business school, but different young men who are customers
declare that she works in a candy factory. One day a business man who had
been a customer received a letter from X 118 urging him to call. He showed
the letter to the investigator, and declared that X 142 had written it at
the dictation of her mother who he knew could not write English. In fact,
the writing was in an immature hand, and the letter poorly composed.

One of the inmates here, X 143, lives at X 144, East 94th Street and uses
X 118 flat in which to meet two steady customers at stated intervals. She
has been a clandestine prostitute for several months.

X 118 has a list of addresses of girls in a book which she keeps in her
bureau. There are 10 families in this tenement. One of the tenants, a Mrs.
X 145, told an investigator that on several occasions the police have been
called into the house to stop the noise. She further said that the
landlord, X 146, knows the character of some of the tenants and charges
them high rentals.


As was the case with parlor houses, many tenements were investigated at
different times in order to show that the business was systematically

_X_ 147. _Broadway._

July 27, 1912. X 155, prostitute, told the investigator she "answers calls
for this place. $5. Wine sold."

July 30, 1912. X 154, prostitute, told the investigator she "receives men
here, $5, $10, $20."

August 1, 1912. X 150, prostitute, told the investigator that "this place
is owned by a colored woman; X 149-a, white woman has charge." Prices
charged are $3, $5 and $10.

August 1, 1912. There are two apartments in X 147 Broadway owned by
colored women. One, X 148, and her sister, X 149-a. These women have white
girls conducting the resorts while they, the owners, keep in the
background. One apartment, 3rd floor, inside, is operated under the name
of X 149. The other is one or two flights above on the same side. Both
send for girls supposed to be $3, $5, and $10.

August 8, 1912. 10 P. M. Business and residential district. Six story red
brick building. Madame X 148. The investigator counted 2 inmates. Price
$5. Girls get half. Drinks $5. Inmates wear gowns and claim to have health
certificates. Names of inmates, Stella and Ellen. Girls claim to pay
weekly board of $15. Rent paid is $105.

August 15, 1912. X 152, prostitute, told the investigator she "takes
friends here."

August 29, 1912. X 156, prostitute, told the investigator she "meets many
a good man through this house. Two other apartments here where I see men."

August 29, 1912. X 156, prostitute, told the investigator she "makes many
a dollar right in the house. Four good places here."

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_X_ 157. _West 27th Street._

February 6, 1912. 8.30-9 P. M. Investigator reports this former house of
prostitution now occupied by families.

March 18, 1912. 2:30 P. M. Investigator solicited by inmate Blanche on
27th Street and Seventh Avenue and went to her apartment one flight up,
east. Counted two inmates. Price of place $1. Names of inmates, Blanche
(madame) and Bella. Name of owner of property as given in the tax book for
1912 is X 158.

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_X_ 159. _West 28th Street._

March 5, 1912. 9.50 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers accosting
men in the vicinity and using the premises for purposes of prostitution.
Investigator was solicited by one, Jennie, to enter premises. Price of
woman and room $1. Owner of this property as given by the tax book for
1912 is X 161. The previous owner was X 162.

Reports from other sources:

Tenement house, double family tenement, janitor giving women privileges
after 10 P. M. for a weekly consideration. A procurer by the name of X 163
living on the premises has shipped his girl Rosie to Pittsburg, Pa., into
a disorderly house there.

February 1, 1912. Flat house for street walkers.

Tenement House Department report, June 18, 1909. Disorderly house,
prostitution alleged, no basis. July 2, 1909: Disorderly house,
prostitution alleged, no basis.

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_X_ 164. _West 28th Street._

February 8, 1912. Investigator reports prostitution discontinued here.

March 17, 1912. Tenement house inhabited by about 10 families. 12.15 A. M.
Investigator solicited by two French women on street near the stoop of
premises to enter this house. Price of women $1. Soliciting from street
and windows. Owner of property as given in the tax book for 1912 is X 165.

Reports from other sources:

February 1, 1912. Ground floor, French flats. Almost on every floor
"business" is carried on.

Tenement House Department report, January 8, 1910. Disorderly house,
second floor. Cause of complaint removed.

Police report June 18, 1909. Disorderly house, prostitution alleged. No

August 19, 1912. Prostitution is practised in this house. Rosie,
prostitute, resides in a flat one flight up, and a woman named X 166, also
a prostitute, lives on the floor above Rosie. The investigator was
solicited from the window of this house.

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_X_ 167. _West 29th Street._

March 24, 1912. 8.30 P. M. Investigator was solicited by several colored
women in front of this address to come to their rooms. Counted five women
soliciting. Price of women 50 cents. Owner of the property as given in the
tax book for 1912 is X 168.

Reports from other sources:

Tenement. Some apartments occupied by prostitutes.

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_X_ 169. _West 29th Street._

March 9, 1912. Investigator reported about eight families and eight
children in this building, mostly colored. House appeared all right at
this visit.

Reports from other sources:

February 1, 1912. Some apartments occupied by prostitutes.

Tenement House Department report, March 9, 1910: Disorderly house. Fourth
floor, front, west, X 170. No action necessary. Police report.

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_X_ 171. _West 29th Street._

February 2, 1912. A colored woman named X 172 lives in this house and
keeps girls. She lately moved from X 173 when X 174 (well known to
investigator) was her pimp.

March 4, 1912. Investigator visited this building. Estimated seven
families, mostly colored, living here. Saw two suspicious women on first
floor. Owner of this property as given in the tax book for 1912 is X 175.

Reports from other sources:

Tenement House Department. February 8, 1910. Disorderly house, basement.
Cause of complaint removed.

Police report. February 24, 1910. Disorderly house, basement, east side,
front. X 176, cause of complaint removed.

Police report. November 9, 1911. Disorderly house. Prostitution alleged.
Cause of complaint removed.

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_X_ 177. _West 29th Street._

April 19, 1912. A prostitute, X 178, lives at this address and uses her
apartments for immoral purposes.

June 19, 1912. 1.10 A. M. Investigator solicited on street by colored
women to go to apartment in this building. Price of women 50 cents.

Reports from other sources:

Tenement House Department. November 9, 1911. Disorderly house,
prostitution alleged. Cause of complaint removed.

Police report. January 27, 1909. Disorderly house, second floor, front,
west. X 179. Cause of complaint removed.

Police report. April 13, 1909. Disorderly house, rear, second floor, east.
X 180 and X 181. Cause of complaint removed.

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_X_ 182. _West 29th Street._

February 6, 1912. Investigator reports this a tenement occupied by colored
families and prostitutes. On third floor, east, X 172, who is a maid in
the house of prostitution at X 183, is a prostitute and has had a white
man living with her for several months. Investigator visited her apartment
with this man and was solicited by X 172 to stay with her. Two other women
were in the rear room at the time.

March 4, 1912. Investigator reports about six families (Italian and
colored) in this tenement. Suspicious women on third floor, among them X
184, a widow.

March 9, 1912. Investigator reports building mostly occupied by colored
people. Two suspicious women on fifth floor.

Reports from other sources:

Tenement House Department. July 25, 1910. Disorderly house, third floor, X
200. Cause of complaint removed.

Police report and police officer. November 9, 1911. Disorderly house,
prostitution alleged. No action necessary.

December 26, 1911. Disorderly house, prostitution alleged, second floor,
west, cause of complaint removed.

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_X_ 185. _West 30th Street._

February 2, 1912. 6.30 P. M. Investigator saw men entering this place.

March 4, 1912. Investigator reported three families living here. House
appeared quiet.

August 21, 1912. Investigator reports some of the rooms evidently used by
street walkers. Outside door locked.

Reports from other sources:

February 1, 1912. Bed house.

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_X_ 186. _West 37th Street._

March 18, 1912. 4.40 P. M. Investigator counted 6 inmates, all colored. He
was solicited on 37th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues to enter
premises. Price 50 cents. Names of inmates, Hannah and Eliza.

May 1, 1912. 5 A. M. Investigator was solicited to go to second floor of
this building by two colored prostitutes standing on the steps of this
building. Price 50 cents.

August 24, 1912. Colored prostitutes solicit here day and night from
windows of this house and on street in front. Thieves and pimps hang out
on corner. Name of owner of this property as given in the tax book for
1912 is X 187.

Reports from other sources:

Tenement House. Colored women carry on business at all hours of the day
and night with the purpose of robbery chiefly in view.

August 17, 1912. Place occupied by colored prostitutes. Saw them
soliciting from windows on all floors of this building.



_X_ 214. _Sixth Avenue._

February 8, 1912. 10.30 P. M. Investigator solicited to go here by
prostitute; price $1.

Investigator solicited by prostitute in front of this hotel to enter
premises, March 11, 1912. 9.20 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers
in vicinity of this hotel. He was solicited by prostitutes in front of
place; price of woman $2, price of room $1 to $2.

March 18, 1912. 12 M. Investigator counted 4 street walkers loitering in
the vicinity of this hotel. He was solicited by one of them to enter this
place. Price $2, price of room $1.50.

March 23, 1912. 7.30 P. M. Investigator counted 8 street walkers loitering
on Sixth Avenue, in the vicinity of this hotel. He was solicited by one on
the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter this hotel. A police
officer stood across the street at the time. Price $2, price of room $1.50
to $2.

May 4, 1912. 3 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers loitering in
vicinity of this hotel, on Sixth Avenue. All approached men. He was
solicited on the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street by a prostitute to
enter this hotel. Price $2, price of room $2. A police officer stood
across the street at the time investigator was solicited.

The investigator stood near the entrance of this hotel for 30 minutes and
saw 6 women whom he believed to be prostitutes enter the hotel with men.
It is said on good authority that the receipts in this hotel on Saturday
nights were as high as $400.

May 6, 1912. 5 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers loitering in
vicinity of this hotel on Sixth Avenue. All approached men. He was
solicited by one of these in front of the hotel to enter the premises.
Price $2, room $2.

May 9, 1912. 7 P. M. Investigator counted 4 street walkers on Sixth Avenue
in the vicinity of this hotel. All approached men. He was solicited by one
to enter the premises. Price $2, price of room $2.

May 13, 1912. 6.30 P. M. Investigator counted 4 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue in the vicinity of this hotel. All of these women approached men.
He was solicited by one in front of the hotel to enter premises. Price $2,
price of room $2.

May 22, 1912. 7.15 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue, in the vicinity of this hotel. All approached men. One of the
women solicited him on the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter
the premises.

May 28, 1912. 12 P. M. Investigator counted 7 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue in the vicinity of this hotel. All approached men. He was solicited
to enter the premises. Police officer was in sight at the time of

May 30, 1912. 6.30 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue in the vicinity of this hotel. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter the

June 3, 1912. 2 P. M. Investigator counted 4 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue in the vicinity of this hotel. All of these women approached men.
He was solicited by one within 100 feet of an officer at the corner of
Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter the premises. Price $2, room $2.

June 7, 1912. 2 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue in the vicinity of this hotel. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.

June 10, 1912. 2 P. M. Investigator counted 7 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue in the vicinity of this hotel. All approached men. He was solicited
by one of these women at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to
enter the premises. Price of woman $2, price of room $2. Officer was in
sight at the time of solicitation.

The following prostitutes are among those who use this hotel for immoral

  May 22, 1912, Lena X 219.
  May 28, 1912, Christie X 218.
  May 31, 1912, Rosie X 217.
  June 26, 1912, Becky X 220.
  July 15, 1912, Annie X 222.
  August 2, 1912, Rosie X 221.
  August 15, 1912, Anna X 212.
  August 15, 1912, Betty X 216.
  August 16, 1912, Gussie X 223.

Reports from other sources:

Reported owners are X 224, X 225 and X 226. C X 227, manager.

Proprietors are X 28, X 225 and X 229. Dive of worst kind.

The premises also appear under the address ---- W. ---- Street. Bed house.

February 1, 1912. Bed house.

August 19, 1912. This place is a noted assignation hotel.

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_X_ 230. _West 35th Street._

February 13, 1912. 11.15 P. M. Investigator counted 3 street walkers in
vicinity of this hotel. He was solicited to enter premises by a prostitute
at the corner of Broadway and ---- Street. Price of room $1. He also saw
four couples enter here in half an hour, the women being street walkers.
Saw prostitute pick up a man on Seventh Avenue and take him to premises.

February 15, 1912. 9.00 P. M. Investigator was solicited by a street
walker on Broadway between 35th and 40th Streets to enter premises.

February 20, 1912. 2.00 P. M. Clerk of this hotel sentenced to two months'
imprisonment. It is said the proprietor is a fugitive from justice.

April 10, 1912. Investigator met men who appeared to be cadets near
premises. Hotel said to be run by X 231. The proprietor is said to be X

April 26, 1912. 1.00 A. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on
Seventh Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was
solicited by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street to enter
premises. Price of woman $3. Price of room $2. This woman lives at X 238,
West 34th Street. X 232 is the rebate clerk at this hotel, and this duty
takes up his whole time.

May 3, 1912. Investigator counted three street walkers on south side of
---- Street towards Broadway. Two stopped men. Investigator was solicited
by one to enter premises. Price of woman $2, room $2.

May 6, 1912. 11.00-12.00 P. M. Investigator counted 10 street walkers in
the entrance to this hotel and in the doorways near-by. Four approached
men. Investigator was solicited by one on the street near the hotel to
enter premises. Price of woman $2, room $2. Investigator saw 5 suspicious
couples enter this hotel in half an hour and 3 girls unescorted. Men
lookouts in doorways across the street.

May 9, 1912. 7.45 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All accosted men. He was solicited
by one, in sight of an officer across the street, to enter the premises.
Price of woman $2, room $2.

May 11, 1912. 2.00 A. M. Investigator counted fifteen street walkers on
Broadway between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was
solicited by three of these prostitutes to enter premises. Price of women
$2, $3; price of room $1, $1.50.

May 15, 1912. 6.50 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.
Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

May 18, 1912. 1.30 A. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on ----
Street near Broadway. Three accosted men. Investigator was solicited by
one on the southwest corner of ---- Street and Broadway to enter premises.
Price of woman $2, price of room $2. The name of the woman who solicited
the investigator is Blanche X 233; she lives with her pimp at X 239, West
38th Street, third floor.

May 20, 1912. 7.10 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises. An
officer passed by them during this solicitation. Price of woman $2, price
of room $2.

May 23, 1912. 7.15 P. M. Investigator counted 4 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.
Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

May 29, 1912. 7.45 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street within 100 feet of
an officer to enter premises.

May 31, 1912. 8.00 P. M. Investigator counted 8 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street within sight of an
officer to enter premises.

June 1, 1912. 8.00 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.
Price of woman $3, price of room $2. Investigator talked with X 231, part
owner in this hotel. He complained about business, saying it was "too

June 4, 1912. 7.35 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.
Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

June 7, 1912. 7.30 P. M. Investigator counted six street walkers on
Seventh Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was
solicited at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street, within sight of
an officer, to enter premises. Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

June 8, 1912. 8.15 P. M. Investigator counted 13 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets. All approached men. The investigator
was solicited twice, once within sight of an officer, to enter the
premises of this hotel. Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

June 11, 1912. 8.15 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street, within 200 feet of an
officer, to enter premises. Price of woman $3, price of room $2.

June 15, 1912. 8.00 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Seventh
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Seventh Avenue and ---- Street, within sight of an
officer, to enter premises. Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

June 17, 1912. 8.30 P. M. Investigator was solicited by a street walker on
Sixth Avenue near ---- Street to enter premises. Price of woman $2, price
of room $2. The following prostitutes are among those who frequent and use
this hotel for immoral purposes:

  May 25, 1912, Anna X 234.
  May 28, 1912, Sarah X 235.
  May 31, 1912, Louise X 236.
  June 6, 1912, May X 237.

Reports from other sources:

August 19, 1912. Notorious assignation hotel.

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_X_ 215. _West 28th Street._

February 7, 1912. 11.00 P. M. Investigator solicited to enter premises.

February 7, 1912. 9.15-9.30 P. M. Investigator solicited at the corner of
Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises. Price of woman $1. Price
of room $1.50.

February 7, 1912. 1.15 P. M. Investigator was solicited by street walker
on Sixth Avenue near ---- Street to enter premises. Price of woman $1.
Price of room $1.50.

February 7, 1912. 1.15 P. M. Investigator solicited by a prostitute on
28th Street to enter the premises. Price of woman $1, price of room $1.

February 7, 1912. Evening. Investigator asked clerk price of room for
himself and was told $2.50, a prohibitive rate.

February 10, 1912. 8.30 P. M. Investigator solicited by prostitute to
enter premises.

February 19, 1912. 2.00 A. M. Investigator solicited by street walker on
Broadway between 31st and 32nd Streets to enter premises. Price of woman
$3 for the rest of the night. Price of room $1.

March 11, 1912. 9.20 P. M. Investigator counted 9 street walkers within 50
feet of this hotel. All approached men. He was solicited by one of the
prostitutes at the entrance of the hotel to enter the premises. Price of
woman $2. Price of room $1.50.

March 11, 1912. 11.25 P. M. Investigator counted 2 street walkers at the
corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street in the vicinity of this hotel. He
was solicited by one to enter premises. Price of woman $3, price of room

March 11, 1912. 9.00 P. M. Investigator counted 9 street walkers in the
vicinity of this hotel. He was solicited by one on the west side of Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets to enter premises. Price of woman $2,
price of room $1.50.

May 1, 1912. 3.30 P. M. Investigator counted 11 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue in the vicinity of this hotel. Three approached men. Investigator
was solicited by one on Sixth Avenue within sight of an officer to enter
premises. Price of woman $1. Price of room $1.

May 1, 1912. 2.00 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets in the vicinity of this hotel. All
approached men. He was solicited by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and
---- Street to enter the premises. Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

May 8, 1912. 5.00 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.
Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

May 13, 1912. 6.45 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.
Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

May 15, 1912. A man sold obscene photographs in the toilet room of this
hotel. He had a bundle of such pictures.

May 15, 1912. 5.30 P. M. Investigator counted 4 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets, in the vicinity of this hotel. All
approached men. He was solicited by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and
---- to enter premises. Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

May 23, 1912. 11.00 A. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets in the vicinity of this hotel. All
approached men. He was solicited by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and
---- Street to enter premises. Price of room $2, price of woman $2.

May 24, 1912. 11.00 A. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets in the vicinity of this hotel. All
approached men. He was solicited by one within sight of an officer at the
corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises. Price of woman
$2, price of room $2.

May 31, 1912. 1.30 P. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street. Price of woman $2,
price of room $2.

June 1, 1912. 1.30 A. M. Investigator counted 7 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. Six of these women approached men.
Investigator was solicited by one of them at the corner of Sixth Avenue
and ---- Street within sight of an officer, to enter premises. Price of
woman $2, price of room $2.

June 4, 1912. 10.45 A. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets in the vicinity of this hotel. All
approached men. He was solicited by one within sight of an officer at the
corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises. Price of woman
$2, price of room $2.

June 6, 1912. 1.30 P. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street within sight of an
officer, to enter premises. Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

June 8, 1912. 11.30 A. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street to enter premises.
Price of woman $2, price of room $1.50.

June 13, 1912. 11.30 A. M. Investigator counted 5 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street, within sight of an officer,
to enter premises. Price $3 for woman, price of room $2.

June 15, 1912. 11.30 A. M. Investigator counted 6 street walkers on Sixth
Avenue between ---- and ---- Streets. All approached men. He was solicited
by one at the corner of Sixth Avenue and ---- Street, within sight of an
officer, to enter premises. Price of woman $2, price of room $2.

The following prostitutes are among those who frequent this hotel for
immoral purposes:

  April 24, 1912, Laura X 240.
  July 29, 1912, Mamie X 241.
  August 2, 1912, Marion X 244.
  August 12, 1912, Kate X 243.
  August 15, 1912, Anna X 212.
  August 15, 1912, Betty X 216.
  August 15, 1912, Mrs. K. X 242.
  August 16, 1912, Gussie X 223.

Reports from other sources:

Bed House. Hotel and disorderly house. Proprietor X 245. License issued in
the name of X 245-a. One of the worst places in the city. X 245 is

February 1, 1912. Bed house, hotel and disorderly house; proprietor X 245,
license issued in the name of X 245-a. X 245 is manager.

August 19, 1912. A notorious assignation place.



February 2, 1912. A man entered the rear room of saloon X 275. With him
was a porter from a house of prostitution at X 173, West 27th Street.
Prostitutes here were especially vulgar and obscene. A waiter in this
place, named X 277, knew the prostitutes by name and encouraged the men to
sit at the tables with these women and treat them to drinks. The
proprietor, named X 278, also attempted to "drum up" trade between the
prostitutes and the men.

February 4, 1912. Between the hours of 7.15 and 10 P. M. the same
conditions prevailed with variations. One prostitute who was intoxicated
exposed herself. The waiter did not offer any objections to this

May 1, 1912. At 12 P. M. a stranger entered the rear room of saloon at X
279, West 42nd Street. The waiters appeared to be familiar with certain
girls who were unescorted.

May 23, 1912. 2 P. M. A special officer attached to a notorious saloon and
dance hall accompanied a man to this place. He told him it was a resort
for pimps, pickpockets, cheap crooks and prostitutes. The dancing on this
evening was vulgar and obscene. There were several young girls present
between 17 and 20 years of age who gave vile exhibitions. At 3 A. M., six
pimps invited the man to go to a saloon at X 280, Seventh Avenue. When
they reached this place the pimps talked to several prostitutes. One of
these girls was called May. While the young man sat at the table with one
of these women, she attempted to steal a $2 bill from one of his pockets.
When he remonstrated one of the pimps called to his five companions and
said, "Come on, fellows, let's go through him." When they found the man
did not have any more money they threw him out of the door and jostled him
on the sidewalk. The man threatened to call a policeman who was standing
on the opposite side of the street and they laughed, saying, "Go ahead,
call the cop and see if he will come over." The man yelled "police" three
or four times and the pimps said, "Holler louder, he won't bother us, we
stand in."

June 6, 1912. 2.30 A. M. Thirteen girls were sitting at the tables in the
rear room. Jack X 281, a waiter in this resort, who lives at X 282, Second
Avenue, stated that the boss, Joe X 283, has a small room in the rear
where a few of his friends play cards and "roll" dice.

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February 20, 1912. 2 A. M. Concert hall at X 288, West 39th Street.
Manager is X 289. The door at this house is guarded by George X 290. A
chain on the door. The dances were vulgar and obscene. Carrie X 291
solicited a man to go to a furnished room at X 292 West 39th Street, A
pickpocket stole a watch, a stickpin, and $9 in money from one of the men
in the place.

February 24, 1912. 3.50 A. M. During the night there were over 100 men and
16 white and colored prostitutes at the tables. A negro named Albert X 293
pointed out the proprietor, whose name is X 294.

April 11, 1912. 4 A. M. Same conditions prevail.

April 19, 1912. 4.30 A. M. Same conditions prevail.

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March 29, 1912. Saloon at X 848, Sixth Avenue. It is said that X 849, the
manager of this place, bails out the girls who solicit in his saloon. X
850, living at ---- West 96th Street said that madames send to this rear
room for girls. Following are some of the girls who solicit in this
saloon: Hope X 852, May X 853, Bessie X 854, Elizabeth X 855, X 856,
Nellie X 857, Mattie X 858, Marie X 859, and X 877.

May 16, 1912. Twenty unescorted women counted in the rear room. Several
girls solicited investigator to go to the X 860 hotel at ---- Sixth
Avenue, to the X 861 Hotel at ---- Sixth Avenue, and to different flats.

June 3, 1912. 9.15 P. M. Fifteen unescorted women in this rear room. Two
women from this saloon solicited men to go to the X 862 Hotel, ---- Sixth

July 25, 1912. Nine unescorted women, among them being Ellen X 863 and
Mildred X 864.

July 27, 1912. Seven unescorted women. One of these is Catherine X 865.

August 14, 1912. May X 866 soliciting in the rear room.

August 15, 1912. 9. P. M. Nine unescorted women. Dancing was vulgar.

August 28, 1912. Eleven unescorted women. One of these was Lottie X 850,
who said she had been soliciting in this rear room for years.

August 30, 1912. Seventeen unescorted women. One of these is Beatrice X

September 24, 1912. Lottie X 850 was again in this rear room with others,
among whom was Cora X 868.

September 26, 1912. Fifteen unescorted women. One of these was Sue X 869.

October 5, 1912. Four unescorted women. One of these by the name of May X
870 said that she had been coming to this place for 15 years or more.

October 9, 1912. Among the seventeen unescorted women was Lottie X 850,
previously mentioned.

October 11, 1912. Nine unescorted women. One of these was Rose X 871.

October 30, 1912. Several unescorted women. Four left the saloon with men.
One of the women was Anna X 872.

November 1, 1912. Lottie X 850 was again in this saloon with other
unescorted women.

November 4, 1912. Eleven unescorted women. One named Mamie X 873 said, "I
have my steady friends come here--they know where to find me." Another
girl was Celia X 874.

November 19, 1912. Eleven unescorted women. One of these was Lena X 875,
another Clara X 876.

Previous records:

Proprietors of this place have given cash bond.

Concert place and saloon. Women gather here to solicit trade, without
interference from the management.

January 26, 1912. Between 6.30 and 8.30 P. M. X 878, East 14th Street.
Number of unescorted women in the rear room. Waiters assist girls in
finding customers. One of the women named X 877 solicited investigator to
go to X 893 Hotel at ---- Third Avenue.

February 2, 1912. 11.05 P. M. Twenty unescorted women in rear room. Many
solicited investigator to go to hotel.

April 8, 1912. During the evening eleven unescorted women sat at separate
tables. One prostitute said she would go to a hotel for $2.

May 14, 1912. May X 879, living at ---- East 13th Street, was soliciting
in this rear room.

May 20, 1912. Nine unescorted women. One of these was Annie X 880, known
as X 880-a, living at ---- East 15th Street.

May 25, 1912. The following prostitutes were seen in this place: Ida X
881, Annie X 882.

May 29, 1912. Lettie X 888 was soliciting in this rear room.

June 5, 1912. Seven unescorted women. One of these, Emma X 884, said that
she meets some good men in this place. Another girl was Minnie X 885.

June 8, 1912. Pauline X 886 was engaged in soliciting in this rear room.

August 7, 1912. Three unescorted women. One of these was Emma X 887.

September 26, 1912. Five unescorted women. One of these was Rose X 888.

October 2, 1912. Five unescorted women. One of these was Mary X 889.

October 3, 1912. Mary X 889 was again in this saloon.

Previous records:

February 1, 1912. Café and rear room. Women enter without escorts and
solicit men in this place.

January 13, 1912. The proprietor of this place has given cash bond.

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February 13, 1912. 9 to 12 P. M. X 890, W. 40th Street. Ten unescorted
women at the tables. Six of these women beckoned to investigator to come
to their tables. A number of these girls have been seen soliciting on
Broadway. During the evening 7 couples left this place and went to the
Hotel X 891. At 12 P. M. on this date, X 892, a prostitute, solicited
investigator to go to a hotel.

June 8, 1912. Number of unescorted women in this saloon.

Previous records:

This place is on the police list, alleged disorderly. Proprietor has given
a cash bond.



February 6, 1912. 3 A. M. Pool room and barber shop at X 300, West 28th
Street. Conducted by two or three men who sell liquor without a license at
5 cents per glass. One of the customers in the place solicited a man to go
to a house of prostitution at X 25, Sixth Avenue. The man's name is X 301.

A man by the name of X 302 conducts a pool parlor and cigar store at X
303, Second Avenue. A pimp named X 304, frequents this place. X 305,
another pimp, was at this place on February 5, 1912.

About nine years ago a woman named Rosie X 306 opened a hair dressing
parlor on Second Avenue. She now has the same kind of a parlor at X 307,
Second Avenue. It is a rendezvous for prostitutes, and Rosie's husband is
a bail bondsman for these women when they are arrested. Rosie sells these
women dresses, hats, kimonos, feathers, and hair goods, either for cash or
on the instalment plan. One of the methods used by X 306 to draw trade is
to allow messages and mail for prostitutes and their pimps to be delivered
at her parlor. One of the prostitutes is the wife of X 308. She is a
street walker and also a shoplifter. Becky X 309 and her sister Sarah,
who solicit on the Bowery, both go to Rosie's to have their hair dressed.

February 9, 1912. Twenty-five pimps, gamblers and crooks were in the
restaurant at X 311, Second Avenue. The chief amusement of these men is
gambling, playing such games as stuss, poker, and "klobiosh." These pimps
receive at this place telephone messages from their women on the streets
or in vice resorts, and make arrangements in connection with arrests and
other deals. Among the pimps who were seen here at different times were
Louis X 312, Harry X 313, Joe X 314, Sam X 315, Joe X 316, and Sam X 317.



X 47, alias X 47-a, who is part owner in X 46 West 25th Street, has had
his woman in England, Russia, South Africa, Dallas, Texas, and Seattle,
Washington. He travels back and forth between South Africa and New York.

X 431 took his woman, X 432, to Africa and China, and now has her in a
house of prostitution in Texas, the city being either Dallas or Fort

X 316, alias X 316-a, alias X 316-b, sends his women out to western cities
of this country.

X 433, a pimp, had a German girl for his woman and sent her to Denver,
Colorado. She "threw him down" and now he has another girl named Ida, whom
he broke into the business of prostitution. When she was in Philadelphia
she is said to have made as much as $200 for him every week. He then sent
her west. She returned, and he sent her west again.

X 434, the wife of X 435, a pimp, has been sent out west. One week she
sent X 435 $150. Formerly she was with him in Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake
City, Utah, and Billings, Montana.

X 402, alias X 402-a, has sent his woman to South Africa and to Brazil.

X 47-a took his wife, Ida, to South Africa seven years ago.

Ray, the wife of X 407, alias X 407-a, is now in Providence, Rhode Island,
in a house of prostitution.

X 406, alias X 406-a, has just returned from Denver. X 436 once took her
to Philadelphia; when the houses there were broken up and they were
arrested, they "skipped" their bail.

X 410, owner of a house of prostitution, has sent his woman to South
Africa, Philadelphia and St Louis. He has a house in Philadelphia, which
is now conducted by one of his women, Rosie.

X 437, alias X 437-a, alias X 437-b, has sent his women to the western
cities of this country. One of his women at the present time is X 438,
alias X 438-a, alias X 438-b.

X 439, who is part owner of the house of prostitution at X 426, Sixth
Avenue, has sent his woman Minnie to Alaska three times, and it is said
that each time she came back with between $4,000 and $5,000, all of which
she gave to him.

X 73, who is a part owner of the house of prostitution at X 67, West 25th
Street, sent his girls to all the cities of the west--Seattle, Tacoma,
Denver, San Francisco--and also to Philadelphia.

X 440, alias X 440-a, pimp, has traveled with several of his women all
over the country. He is now located in Boston.

X 441 conducts a house of prostitution on Percy Street, Philadelphia.

X 442 conducts a house of prostitution in Paterson, New Jersey. X 443 and
X 444 have sent girls to him there.

X 445, who is part owner in a house of prostitution at X 441, Montrose
Avenue, Brooklyn, has sent his women to Omaha, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
Lena, one of his girls, is now in Philadelphia; she has been in Omaha and
St. Louis.

X 110 has conducted a house of prostitution in South Africa, and at
present is interested in X 109, West 40th Street--a house of prostitution.

X 145-a, alias X 415, who is a part owner in X 416, West 36th Street, has
been in South Africa, with his woman, from which place he went to Chicago.

X 34, partner in at least 11 houses of prostitution, has sent his woman, X
87, to Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and other cities of the west. He also
sent another woman, X 86, west over practically the same route.

X 69, who is partner with his brother, X 68, in the house of prostitution
at X 78, West 27th Street, had a woman named Becky, whom he sent to the
western cities of this country.

X 446 recently sent his woman to Stockton, California. She sent him $150
and he followed her to that city. Since then they have been in Seattle,
San Francisco, and other western cities. In going from one city to another
with his woman, X 446 was apprehended by the authorities and sentenced to
one year in prison.

X 429, who hangs out at X 400, Second Avenue, sent his woman to El Paso,
Texas. The immigration authorities arrested her and are at this writing
still holding her. X 429 also has a girl in Buenos Ayres at the present

X 447 has had his girl in San Diego, Denver, Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania.
At the present time she is in California.

X 448, who owns X 499, East 13th Street, has been in houses of
prostitution in San Francisco and Seattle.

X 450, who is now in New Orleans, had his girl there. She is now in New
York City with a return ticket to New Orleans.

X 451, who now has X 452 as his woman, has sent women to houses of
prostitution in New Orleans, Fort Worth, and Houston. X 452 lately
returned from Texas.

X 424, alias X 424-a, has left with his woman for South Africa.

X 387, alias X 387-a, part owner of X 425, West 28th Street with his
brother, X 424, alias X 424-a, had his wife in a house in South Africa,
where he ran houses of prostitution.

X 453, alias X 453-a, has sent his woman Jennie to houses of prostitution
in Denver, Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma and other western cities. She was in
Denver four months ago. When in Spokane it is said she made $2,700 in two
or three months.

X 443, alias X 443-a, has taken his woman Becky to Philadelphia. It is now
supposed that she is either in Globe, Arizona or Havana, Cuba.

X 454 has a girl in New Orleans; she left him when he took a married woman
to that city. X 454 has another girl named Rosie in a city in the west.

X 455 sent his girl Ida to Brazil, from whence she has returned. He is
thinking of sending her back to Brazil.

X 328-a has a girl Sophia in New Orleans. She is about 24 or 25 years of
age, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 135 pounds, dark hair, was born in
Russia and has been in the United States about 7 or 8 years.

X 428 has had two women. One woman left him. The other woman is in Panama
and he expects her back soon. He has had her in houses of prostitution in
Chicago, New Orleans, Brazil and Panama.

X 385 had a woman whom he sent to Brazil. She returned, but with another

X 456 has been unfortunate. He sent three women west and lost all of them.

X 390 has sent his women to western cities to work in houses of
prostitution four or five times.

He has also taken his girls to houses of prostitution in Chicago, and has
one girl there at the present time.

X 453-a has had his woman Jennie in cities of the west three or four
times. X 453-a is part owner in X 459, West 24th Street.

X 427, a pimp, sent his woman Fanny to Butte, Montana, about five weeks
ago, from which place she sent him $150, the first week.

X 444 sent his woman to Panama five years ago and she left him.

X 314 has had his women in houses of prostitution in Seattle and

X 460 has had his women in houses in Boston, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

X 461 has had his women in houses in Philadelphia and Boston.

X 439, partner in X 426, Sixth Avenue, a house of prostitution, sent his
woman Ida to Tacoma, Washington. For a protracted period she is said to
have sent him $100 every week.


  Amusement Parks, 75.

  Business of Prostitution, 112;
    Receipts, 126-133.

  Cadet, 87.

  Call Houses in Tenements, 29.

  Census, Tenements, 26.

  Chicago Vice Commission, 111.

  Cider Stubes in Tenements, 30.

  Conditions in 1907, 10.

  Concert Halls in Amusement Parks, 75.

  Committee of Fourteen, 34.

  Correctional Work, 267.

  Customers, 13, 108, 111.

  Dance Halls, 67, 76.

  Davis, Katharine Bement, 163.

  District Attorney, 123.

  Excursion Boats, 73.

  Exploiters, The, 77, etc.

  Fifty-cent Houses, 16, etc.

  Five and Ten Dollar Houses, 42, etc.

  Hotels, Disorderly, 33 etc.; Appendix XI.

  Independent Benevolent Association, 41.

  Inmates, Numbers of; Appendix III.

  Investigators' Reports, 140-142.

  Investigation, Period of, 4.

  Key, Explanation of, 7.

  Law, Tenement House, 24.

  Leasing Property, 113.

  Lighthouse, 7.

  Liquor Licenses, Revocation of, 161;
    Sale of in Vice Resorts, 15.

  Lookouts, 12.

  Madames, 92, etc.

  Massage Parlors, 45, etc.

  Medical Certificates, 9.

  Miscellaneous Places, 59; Appendix XIII.

  Morals Survey Committee, 111.

  One Dollar Houses, 17, etc.

  Owners of Houses, etc., 77;
    of Property, 114.

  Parks, 73.

  Parlor Houses, 4, etc.; Appendix IX.

  Pimps, 64, 87.

  Places which Cater to Vice, 52; Appendix II.

  Police Precincts, Reports of Police on, 138-139.

  Police Rules and Regulations, 137; Appendix VIII.

  Police Commissioner, 123.

  Prevention Agencies, 253, etc.

  Procurers, 85.

  Prostitutes, Professional in Manhattan, 100;
    personal histories, 101;
    birthplaces, 101, 102, 198, 199, 243;
    nationality of parents, 200-203;
    previous occupations, 102, 103, 112, 231, 247;
    reasons for entering life, 103, 225, 241, 249;
    salaries in occupations, 105, 106, 210, 234;
    age of first sexual offense, 106, 216, 224, 232;
    age when entering life, 107, 245;
    length of time in business, 108;
    earnings from prostitution, 222, 239, 246;
    committed to Bedford Reformatory, 163.

  Prostitution, the Police and the Law, 137.

  Public Parks, 76.

  Reformation Work, 258.

  Renting Property, 113, 114.

  Runners, 12.

  Saloons, Disorderly, 53; Appendix XII.

  Shares, Trading in, 118.

  Shipping Women, 85; Appendix XIV.

  Social Evil in Chicago, Report on, 111.

  Special Sessions, 160, 161.

  Stars in Parlor Houses, 7.

  State Reformatory at Bedford Hill, 163, etc., 267.

  Stolen Goods, Buyers of, 97.

  Streets, Soliciting, 65; Appendix VII.

  Street Walkers, Receipts of, 121.

  Tenements, Vice Resorts in, 24; Appendix V, Appendix X;
    department records, 144.

  Trading in Shares, 118.

  Venereal Diseases in New York City Hospitals, 134-136;
    at Bedford Reformatory, 188, etc.;
    other institutions, 240.

  Vice Resorts in Parlor Houses, 3;
    in Tenements, 24;
    Massage Parlors, 45.

  Watchboys, 12.

  White Slaves, 85.


[1] Attention is called to the fact that the vice resorts described in the
following pages are all situated in Manhattan, this being the only section
of Greater New York considered in the present investigation.

[2] All statements made on the basis of our investigation are to be
understood as of this period. There is no implication as to conditions
before or after those dates. Where a statement under any other date is
intended, that fact is noted. This caution applies to the entire book and
will not be repeated.

[3] See Chapter II.

[4] See Chapter IV.

[5] X 2. The foregoing sign is the key by which the woman referred to can
be identified in our records. At this point, I shall explain once for all
a system which will be continued throughout this book. The persons,
places, and exhibits mentioned or referred to in the text are invariably
definite and concrete. A complete register of them has been made, each
item being lettered and numbered. The sign X 2 in the present instance
enables the writer promptly to put his finger on the name, address, etc.,
of the person designated. This is equally true of all future references
similarly indicated.

[6] For additional samples, see Chapter VI.

[7] Among our exhibits are several business cards belonging to the
physicians here alluded to.

[8] X 461.

[9] X 1.

[10] X 473.

[11] X 415-a.

[12] Discharging his present doctor, X 474.

[13] For details and results, see Chapter VII.

[14] Among them X 189, X 470, X 472.

[15] Among the cabmen who are active in promoting this business are X 85,
Joe X 22, Louis X 24, X 483, X 484, X 485, X 486, X 487, X 488, and X 489.
As a rule the men do not own their cabs, but hire them by the day or night
from proprietors of livery stables. In any case, they are supposed to have
a license, which costs fifty cents per year.

[16] X 490.

[17] At 10.40 P. M., on March 25, 1912, the bartender in a saloon on
Manhattan Avenue suggested to a man that he visit an apartment in a
tenement house at (X 475) West 111th Street. A waiter in a disorderly
saloon at (X 476) Seventh Avenue endeavored to persuade a man in the rear
room to go to a house on the second floor of a building at (X 147)
Broadway. The waiter said there were three women in this resort and the
price was only $5. Liquor was sold there at $2 per round.

[18] X 3.

[19] X 4.

[20] X 9

[21] X 11.

[22] X 12.

[23] X 13

[24] X 19.

[25] X 20.

[26] X 894.

[27] X 21

[28] X 22

[29] The event alluded to is the murder of a notorious gambler, which
shortly resulted in a change of attitude on the subject under discussion.
See Chapter VII.

[30] X 25

[31] X 41

[32] X 59

[33] X 16

[34] Additional data, Parlor Houses, Appendix IX; also Appendix III,
"Inmates of Vice Resorts."

[35] Including apartment houses.

[36] X 112, X 113, X 114.

[37] X 115.

[38] X 117, X 118.

[39] The original copy of this letter is on file. The woman's name and
address are X 119, X 120.

[40] X 121.

[41] X 122.

[42] Bryant, X 124.

[43] X 123.

[44] X 125.

[45] X 126.

For further examples, the reader is referred to Appendix X, "Additional

[46] X 147.

[47] X 164.

[48] X 182.

[49] New York, A. H. Kellogg Co. (1910), p. 38.

[50] This $800 fee was imposed in Manhattan and the Bronx and was the rate
established by the Raines Law at the time of its passage. The rate of $200
was the tax for saloons prior to the passage of the Raines Law.

[51] Report of The Committee of Fourteen, 1912.

[52] X 207.

[53] X 208.

[54] As to this and other hotels, repeated observation at different
periods established the notorious character of the places. Corroborative
evidence is collected in Appendix XI, "Additional Data, Hotels."

[55] X 253.

[56] X 261.

[57] X 262.

[58] X 246.

[59] X 248.

[60] X 247.

[61] X 250-a.

[62] X 250.

[63] X 251.

[64] X 251-a

[65] Wanted--Female.

[66] X 251-b.

[67] For a statistical summary of vice resorts, see Appendix I.

[68] "Christianizing the Social Order," p. 268.

[69] Mr. Arthur H. Gleason brought out this point in two articles under
the title of "The Saloon in New York," published in _Collier's Weekly_, in
the issues of April 25 and May 2, 1908.

[70] X 263.

[71] X 264, X 265.

[72] X 265.

[73] X 264.

[74] X 269.

[75] X 274.

[76] X 275.

[77] X 276.

[78] For additional illustrations see Appendix XII--"Additional

[79] X 108.

[80] X 295.

[81] X 296.

[82] X 297.

[83] A "line up" is the ruin of a girl who flirts with men and accepts
their advances and immoral suggestions. Finally she yields to an
invitation to visit a furnished room and the word quickly passes among the
"gang." One by one the boys and men, perhaps only two or three, perhaps
more, visit this room.

[84] By X 298 at X 299.

[85] X 298, X 299.

[86] For further illustrations, see Appendix XIII--"Additional
Data--Miscellaneous Places."

[87] For detailed statistical statements respecting street-conditions, see
Appendix VII, p. 281.

[88] X 318.

[89] X 319.

[90] X 320.

[91] X 321.

[92] X 322.

[93] X 328.

[94] X 330.

[95] X 320, X 320-a.

[96] Given by Club X 341.

[97] X 342.

[98] X 343.

[99] X 352.

[100] X 353.

[101] X 357.

[102] X 358.

[103] By the X 362 Club.

[104] X 368.

[105] X 369.

[106] X 370.

[107] X 374.

[108] X 373.

[109] X 376.

[110] For statistical details as to parks catering to prostitution, see
Appendix II, "Summary of Resorts Catering to Vice."

[111] A "creep house" is a place where women take men to rob them.

[112] X 382.

[113] X 108-a.

[114] X 46.

[115] X 34.

[116] X 86, X 87.

[117] X 383.

[118] X 384.

[119] X 402.

[120] X 403.

[121] X 407.

[122] X 467.

[123] X 408.

[124] X 258, 409.

[125] X 73.

[126] X 414.

[127] X 416.

[128] X 421.

[129] X 311.

[130] X 68.

[131] X 426.

[132] For further details, see Appendix XIV, "Additional Data--Shipping

[133] X 385.

[134] X 386.

[135] X 385-a.

[136] X 68, X 386-a, X 386, X 387, X 388, X 389.

[137] X 386, X 387.

[138] X 88, X 163, X 393, X 74.

[139] X 386.

[140] X 385.

[141] X 340.

[142] X 396.

[143] X 393.

[144] X 399.

[145] X 400.

[146] X 427.

[147] X 382-a.

[148] X 87.

[149] X 34.

[150] X 501.

[151] X 260.

[152] X 183.

[153] X 463.

[154] X 44.

[155] X 502.

[156] X 518.

[157] Kept by Madame X 519.

[158] X 116.

[159] X 520.

[160] X 50.

[161] X 108.

[162] X 540.

[163] X 51.

[164] X 46.

[165] X 17.

[166] X 59.

[167] Named X 522.

[168] X 507.

[169] X 493.

[170] By X 508.

[171] X 418, X 509.

[172] X 419.

[173] This expression means that the girls should be broken into the
business in some private place, until they were fitted for the public

[174] For statistical details, see Appendix III, "Inmates of Vice

[175] See Chapter VIII.

[176] See Report on "Relation between Occupation and Criminality of
Women," page 29, being Vol. XV of Report on Conditions of Women and Child
Wage-Earners in the United States.

It is further to be remembered, in accounting for the disproportionate
number of servants among those arrested, that, as Miss Jane Addams has
pointed out, many of these girls have had such brief periods of domestic
employment that they cannot fairly be reckoned in the servant class. They
describe themselves as such merely in default of any other convenient
term; they may have served for a few days here or there, but, strictly
speaking, they have no calling at all.

[177] This statement is substantiated by the findings of a private
investigation made in New York City during 1912.

[178] X 33 and X 9.

[179] X 541.

[180] X 545.

[181] See "The Social Evil in Chicago, Report of the Chicago Vice
Commission," page 101.

[182] See "The Social Evil in Syracuse, N. Y., Report of the Morals Survey
Committee," page 95.

[183] X 428.

[184] X 428-a.

[185] X 423.

[186] X 548.

[187] X 111, X 549, X 550.

[188] To X 110.

[189] X 47-a, X 408.

[190] X 12.

[191] X 554.

[192] X 552.

[193] X 462.

[194] X 387.

[195] X 463.

[196] X 465, 466.

[197] X 467, 468.

[198] X 469.

[199] X 109.

[200] X 562.

[201] X 563.

[202] X 564.

[203] X 565.

[204] The other two houses, making the 30 resorts later referred to under
"Receipts," are operated by women.

[205] X 34.

[206] X 419.

[207] X 16.

[208] X 583.

[209] X 585.

[210] X 568.

[211] X 575.

[212] X 423.

[213] X 110.

[214] X 109.

[215] X 403.

[216] The houses and individuals involved in all the above transactions
are identified in our records.

[217] The parties involved were X 72, X 586, X 69, X 415.

[218] The persons and places are X 407, X 67, X 59, X 72-a.

[219] X 73.

[220] X 72.

[221] Persons and places: X 417, X 403, X 69.

[222] X 751.

[223] The girl gets one-half, the house one-half.

[224] The effort is made to meet these expenses by the charge made for
board--a charge paid by the inmates out of their "half."

[225] From this point to the end of the table, shops occupy the first
floors of the buildings named.

[226] For itemized account of certain expenses, see Appendix VI, p. 280.

[227] For itemized account of certain expenses, see Appendix V, p. 279.

[228] For itemized statement of certain expenses, similarly obtained, see
Appendix IV, p. 278.

[229] For Rules and Regulations made pursuant to charter provisions, see
Appendix VIII, p. 283.

[230] This table was compiled for the Aldermanic Committee appointed to
investigate the police department, which fact explains why the period does
not coincide with that of our own investigations. The table is a matter of
public record.

[231] In 40 of these cases, the complaint was dismissed as having "No
basis." In 194 cases, the cause of complaint was removed, and in 8 cases
no action was necessary. In 6 cases, a violation was held. Police made
arrests in 153 of these cases.

[232] X 387, X 387-a, X 424-a, X 596.

[233] X 462.

[234] Among them X 598, X 599, X 600, X 601, X 602.

[235] X 603-604.

[236] The persons and places involved are: X 34, X 108, X 608, X 609, X
610, X 611, X 600, X 598, X 613.

[237] Persons and places involved: X 108, X 44, X 502, X 659, X 415, X
416, X 414, X 542, X 11, X 663, X 664, X 407, X 73, X 67.

[238] X 662.

[239] X 108.

[240] X 34.

[241] X 500.

[242] X 572.

[243] X 665, 666.

[244] X 670.

[245] X 671.

[246] X 672, X 673, X 674.

[247] X 26.

[248] X 9.

[249] X 685.

[250] X 691.

[251] X 116.

[252] X 519.

[253] The commander of the inspection district, X 653.

[254] X 691.

[255] X 108.

[256] Our investigators made frequent reports showing that street walkers
and others repeatedly prosecuted their business under the eyes of police
officers without interference.

[257] X 109.

[258] X 610.

[259] X 68.

[260] X 9.

[261] X 706.

[262] X 707.

[263] X 230.

[264] X 708.

[265] X 729.

[266] X 556, X 557.

[267] X 626.

[268] X 426.

[269] X 741.

[270] Owner X 34.

[271] X 311.

[272] X 658.

[273] X 34, 47, 413-a, 44, 705, 418, 387-a and 746.

[274] X 502, X 570, X 459.

[275] X 33, X 11, X 403.

[276] X 16.

[277] X 419.

[278] X 34.

[279] At X 108.

[280] X 587.

[281] X 778.

[282] X 33.

[283] X 419.

[284] X 93.

[285] X 781.

[286] X 34.

[287] X 610.

[288] X 598.

[289] These are indexed in our records as follows:

      X 791 W. 26th Street, owners X 17 and X 34.
      X 78 W. 27th Street, owners X 68 and X 69.
      X 419 W. 28th Street, owners X 418, X 509, and X 34.
      X 792 W. 29th Street, owners X 15.
      X 16 W. 31st Street, owners X 34, and a woman.
      X 254 W. 34th Street, owners X 793.
      X 33 Sixth Avenue, owners X 34.
      X 11 Sixth Avenue, owners X 542, X 705, and X 34's nephew and
      X 659 W. 40th Street, owners X 103 and X 44.
      X 93 W. 40th Street, owners X 34.
      X 582 W. 40th Street, owners X 408.

[290] X 17.

[291] X 59.

[292] X 16.

[293] X 415-a.

[294] X 804.

[295] X 12.

[296] X 67.

[297] X 415-a, X 34, X 633 were concerned in this alleged deal.

[298] X 608.

[299] X 587.

[300] X 108.

[301] X 832.

[302] X 833.

[303] The above data are derived from the report made by the Committee of
Fourteen for 1912.

[304] For purposes of comparison studies were also made of 610 girls in 7
other New York city and state institutions and of 1106 street walkers. See
pp. 197 etc.

[305] See Page 229.

[306] See Page No. 243.

[307] These tests were made by Dr. Archibald McNeil, of the Research
Laboratory, Department of Health, New York City.

[308] All smears were prepared and examined in duplicate and were stained
by Grams method, pure cultures of staphylococci and colon bacilli being
used as controls. In one case the smear was positive and the complement
fixation test for gonorrhoea was negative, but as a rule antibodies
against the gonococcus do not appear in the blood during the acute stage
of the disease, so it may frequently happen that we may have positive
smears and negative complement fixation tests in recent cases. At a later
period, however, the complement fixation test is almost invariably

The complement fixation tests were all performed in duplicate as a check
on any possible errors in technique. The anti-sheep hæmolytic system with
inactive sera was used with the alcoholic extract guinea pig heart for an
antigen in the syphilis tests and an antigen prepared from ten varieties
of gonococci was used in the tests for gonorrhoea.

All of the tests were made in sets of twelve, each set being fully

The blood specimens were unaccompanied by histories and the laboratory
results were not in any way influenced by clinical findings.

[309] These percentages were taken from the combined results of the tests
made at both incubator and ice box temperature.

[310] That is to say, the only girls who figure in the present study were
girls who were before commitment engaged in prostitution in New York City.

[311] New York Tribune Almanac, 1912.

[312] New York City, 290 = 59.20%.

[313] Note: 7 cards, no information.

[314] Preliminary Bulletin issued by U. S. Census Bureau (Census of 1910)
Dec. 29, 1911.

[315] See page 271.

[316] See Rules and Regulations of the Police Department, 1908, page 115.

[317] Ibid., page 115.

[318] Ibid., page 120.

[319] Ibid., page 130.

Transcriber's Notes:

Passages in italics are indicated by _italics_.

Punctuation has been corrected without note.

The following misprints have been corrected:
  "Ninty" corrected to "Ninety" (page 67)
  "dispossssed" corrected to "dispossessed" (page 94)
  missing "XLIX" added (page 165)
  "syphhilis" corrected to "syphilis" (page 188)
  "20.33%%" corrected to "20.33-1/3%" (page 216)
  "Colorada" corrected to "Colorado" (page 229)
  "home making" corrected to "home-making" (page 259)
  "Physicial" corrected to "Physical" (page 260)
  "p. --" changed to "p. 281" (footnote 87)
  "Statisticals" corrected to "statistical" (footnote 110)

Other than the corrections listed above, inconsistencies in spelling and
hyphenation have been retained from the original.

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