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HOW VIRTUOUS GIRL IMMIGRANTS BECOME
VICTIMS OF ORGANIZED VICE
The Vice Commission Reports Upon the Lack of Protec
tion for These Innocent Girls Two Recent Cases of
Immigrant White Slavers in Chicago.
The daily newspapers have "been printing stories recently about
the disappearance of immigrant girls in Chicago, and the probable
connection of these disappearances with the white slave traffic.
One story was about a Swedish girl who got lost in Chicago,
was picked up hy a negro and finally found in a negro house of ill
Another was about a Finnish girl who disappeared, and whose
body was finally found in the lake.
In discussing the source of supply to meet the constant demand
of Vice for thousands of young girls, the Vice Commission refers
to the manner in which, girl immigrants are lured into the vice
districts by men and women engaged in the Social Evil "business."
The Commission says the great majority of these immigrant
girls were virtuous when they came to our country, and were 'ruined
after they got here because there was not adequate protection for
them on arrival.
Picture to yourself a sweet, pure, wholesome girl crossing the
ocean to come to "the land of the free and the home of the brave"
her youthful imagination running riot in anticipation of the glor
ious land of freedom.
Then picture to yourself the rest of the story crossing the
country on a railroad train coming into the great city-of the west
the city of great buildings, grand boulevards, towering sky-scrapers
and teeming millions of busy workers and finally the arrival in
the railroad station of overpowering dimensions.
Then think of being lured to a negro vice joint or to ruin and
finally death in the cold, cold lake.
If you want the dark side of the picture read the following
from the "report of the Chicago Vice Commissiorf:
"INVESTIGATION OF THE IMMIGRANTS' PRO
TECTIVE LEAGUE OF CHICAGO ON THE RELATION OF
IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND COLONIES OF FOREIGN
LABORING MEN IN CONSTRUCTION CAMPS, LODGING
HOUSES IN CITIES, AND ELSEWHERE.
'"The investigation of the United States Immigration Commis
sion into the relation of the immigrant women to the social evil
showed that -very few prostitutes are brought into the United States
"THE GREAT MAJORITY OF YOUNG IMMIGRANT