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The social evil hospital

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The fraudulent census put St. That same year, St. If these figures can be trusted, it would mean that in St. So in the spring ofas the evenings grew longer and the sap began to rise, the political leaders of St. Louis—all male, of course—decided to emulate Paris in yet another way and voted 16 to 5 to make St. Louis the first American city to legalize prostitution.

For an additional fee, city medical officers began examining the women every week for disease. The new law also demanded that newcomers intent on practicing the oldest profession register with police within 24 hours of their arrival. No bawdy houses could open without the permission of the Board of Police Commissioners, and the police could order any house to close or move Alaska persons interacial. The ordinance even forbade them from waving coquettishly from the doors or windows of their houses or rooms.

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One reason for this became apparent when a prostitute was discovered with an inspection certificate dated three weeks in advance, a revelation that ended the practice whereby doctors collected fees during medical inspections.

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Hundreds of streetwalkers, und and uncontrolled, continued to prowl the streets. Indeed, a large Escorts glenwood springs Lexington of St. Louis prostitutes—half or more—did not register at all. Resistance to the social evil law began to grow.

William Greenleaf Eliot grandfather of T. Eliotthese reformers argued that the law discriminated against women: Unlike female prostitutes, promiscuous men and gigolos were not required to register with city authorities. Louis to argue that what women really needed was not the right to sell their bodies, but equal opportunities Prostitutes in Fort Lauderdale area jobs and education.

About 4, women ed petitions to nullify the ordinance.

Meanwhile, Chief McDonough inflicted considerable damage on the Nebraska cross escorts after arresting his neighbor, a former registered prostitute named Fannie Canivan, because of the din coming from her home late one night. In the resulting furor, other prostitutes made similar charges against McDonough and his police department. The police board eventually suspended McDonough for 30 days. He reed in disgrace.

But supporters of the social evil law did not give up easily. They fought reform in the newspapers and in court.

Their reform efforts Huntington escort search by local politicians, opponents enlisted outside help. In February16 state legislators arrived in St. The St. Perhaps the men did not like what they observed—or were embarrassed at being caught.

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In any event, that March the legislature voted to repeal the social evil ordinance. The legislative action may have prohibited city officials from regulating prostitution, but it did not ban prostitution per se. Indeed, a companion bill even forbade police from arbitrarily raiding brothels, many of which had ly registered with the city in good faith.

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