Social Evil In Chicago
Outline of Study Made By the Commission
Vice Commission of the City of Chicago
I. COMMITTEE ON EXISTING CONDITIONS.
f. Number, age, previous occupation of inmates.
g. Price, character and amount of service demanded.
h. Sanitary conditions.
i. Character of neighborhood.
j. How are police rules obeyed.
k. What are the police relations to the resorts.
l. Social allurements in resorts,
2. Obscene shows.
4. Dances, etc.
m. Medical inspection in resorts at present time.
n. Extent of venereal diseases.
o. Public and private graft.
p. Robbing of patrons.
q. The "Cadet" problem.
r. Extent of use of cocaine and drugs at present time.
s. Method of advertising.
2. Assignation houses.
c. Character of neighborhood.
d. Methods of advertising.
e. Sale of liquors.
c. Prices for rooms.
d. Prices of women who solicit for these places.
4. Lake Boats.
6. "Kept" women.
7. Manicure parlors.
8. Massage parlors.
9. Turkish baths.
10. Dance Halls.
11. Tenement Houses.
II COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL EVIL AND SALOON.
1. How the saloon
makes for prostitution.
a. Saturday night dance.
b. Saloon dance.
c. Vaudeville and music in the saloons.
d. Women in the saloons.
between the saloon and resorts.
a. Resorts with entrances through saloons.
b. Bed houses and saloons.
c. Midnight closing.
d. The sale of liquor in resorts, sociability; physical influence.
e. Joint ownership between saloons and resorts.
f. Saloon keepers and prostitutes.
g. Resort runners in saloons.
III. COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL EVIL AND POLICE.
1. Efficiency of Police under present conditions.
a. Character of records desirable to be kept:
1. Owners of property.
b. Should police officers be permitted to retain such records, or
1. Should they be filed at headquarters as official matter.
c. Advisability of establishing a bureau at headquarters for records of entire city, and from which point, and through which bureau a more or less complete control of the situation might be had.
a. Should police inspection and surveillance of resorts include a room to room visit at unstated periods, to
1. Search for liquor.
2. Examine into sanitary conditions.
3. Collect data for reports.
4. Listen to complaints.
5. See that rules and regulations of Department are carried out.
question of :
a. Police protection of inmates and keepers against disturbance of the order of the places.
b. Should resorts be guaranteed police protection, when they comply with rules and regulations. The word "protection' used in its legitimate sense, and not in
15) the sense of
guaranteeing immunity under any circumstances whatever.
c. Preventing tribute to police.
a. To remain in any district for more than a brief period of time,
b. Should police rules and regulations be framed and displayed in each room of a resort.
IV. COMMITTEE ON SOURCES OF SUPPLY.
1. How much slavery exists among women in Chicago?
2. What is the extent of the "cadet" system; runners?
3. What is the extent of fake marriages?
4. Prostitute's husbands.
5. How are girls secured abroad—from what state or country are they drawn?
6. How are they secured?
7. How are they held?
8. What does the girl get?
9. What does the house get?
10. How much service must she render?
11. How do girls escape?
12. What can be done to stop the importation of girls from abroad? From the city? From the country?
13. What can be done to prevent the traffic in girls?
14. What can be done to furnish a way of escape for girls?
15. What is the
remedy for the "cadet," the fake marriage situation, and the practices of other
deceit, trickery and fraud?
V. COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL EVIL AND CRIME.
1. Contempt for law on the part of those promoting the Social Evil.
2. Relation of
prostitutes to habits,
3. Are resorts necessary to prevent rape, and violence against children and innocent women?
4. The prostitute's man.
5. The psychological and moral effect of prostitution on the neighborhood.
6. The criminal history of the old prostitute.
b. Permanent confinement.
c. Parole system.
VI. COMMITTEE ON CHILD PROTECTION AND EDUCATION.
1. Lectures to school children; to boys and girls, offices and stores.
2. Sex hygiene.
3. Venereal diseases.
4. Improper Literature.
5. The stage.
6. Children near sporting houses.
7. Children in relation to segregated prostitution.
8. Children and youths employed in resorts.
VII. COMMITTEE ON RESCUE AND REFORM.
1. Houses for reformed prostitutes.
2. Work for the reformed prostitutes.
3. Plan for getting girls out of debt and out of houses of prostitution.
4. Hospitals for sick prostitutes.
5. Venereal disease hospitals.
6. Maternity homes for pregnant prostitutes; for girls illegitimately pregnant, to see that they do not fall into houses of prostitutes.
7. Homes for
children of prostitutes.
VIII. COMMITTEE ON LITERATURE AND METHODS.
a. All literature obtainable in all languages.
b. Seek co-operation of some research library who handle such literature.
c. Furnish all the members of the Commission with list of literature covering the various phases of the subject from time to time, and where such literature may be found
d. Statistics as to prostitution in relation to crime; to venereal diseases, to illegitimacy.
a. Methods employed in other cities and abroad.
b. Methods proposed but not adopted
IX. COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL QUESTIONS.
1 The harm done by venereal diseases,—directly; indirectly. For example, in relation to blindness and sterility.
2. he extent of venereal disease among professional prostitutes, among casual prostitutes; among "kept" women; among men; among children; among innocent women, and in children's hospitals.
2. Silver in the eyes of newly born children.
3. Sanitation in houses of prostitution.
4. The registration of venereal disease.
5. Registration of prostitutes.
4. Medical aspects of hospital relief of venereal cases: Prostitutes, men, women and children.
5. Laboratory measures for the control of syphilis, gonorrhoea.
8. Sexual history, especially with relation to conception.
9. Medical aspects of emasculation of criminals.
a. The question of defectives, especially degenerates and sexual perverts.
10. The prevention of conception by prostitutes.
11. Sterility among prostitutes.
12. The illegitimate child; its chance of living.
13. The registration of maternity hospitals, homes and baby farms.
14. Psychology of the system.
X. COMMITTEE ON LAW AND LEGISLATION.
1. The laws of other countries in relation to prostitution.
2. The underlying principles of police power--devise a legal basis for a control which probably will conflict with the lines of decisions of the courts of this country.
3. Methods suggested will be referred to this committee in order that this committee may make them conform to the broad principles of police power for which the Commission may stand; especially, that they investigate present laws which should be repealed.
4. New laws to be enacted by the Legislature.
5. Treatment of children as witnesses.
6. A Commission for the control of prostitution with a certain amount of Legislative power.
7. Laws controlling segregation, regulation and registration.
8. Laws making venereal disease a contagious disease, and under this provision transferring the entire question to health authorities.
9. Laws with reference to the legitimatizing of the illegitimate child.
10. Hygiene and sanitation.
11. Laws to prevent
the detention of prostitutes for debt.