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WOMEN WHO WERE FOUND IN RESORTS WERE VIRTU
OUS WHEN THEY CAME HERE, AND WERE RUINED BE
CAUSE THERE WAS NOT ADEQUATE PROTECTION
AND ASSISTANCE GIVEN THEM, AFTER THEY REACHED
THE UNITED STATES.
"Such protection is especially needed on the journey to Chicago,
and in the location of her relatives and friends, because of her ignor
ance of English and the country, a girl may, through her own mis
take, or the carelessness of railroad officials, "be left at the wrong
station or persuaded by some unscrupulous person to get off and
see some town en route. Some few immoral women and men doubt
less give false declarations at ports of entry and welcome the op
portunities which the journey from New York to Chicago offers.
"Federal inspectors on the trains, some of them women, and all
of them able to speak to the immigrant in her own language, could
make it easy for the girl who wants to reach her relatives and friends
to do so, and difficult for those who have entered the country by
fraud and misrepresentation," to accomplish their purpose.
''The delivery of immigrant women upon their arrival in Chi
cago alsp needs supervision. At present they are turned over to
private expressmen and catmen, and as a result, because of incorrect
addresses and the carelessness or vicious intent of the drivers, the
Immigrants' Protective League finds that a good many girls do not
find their relatives and friends in Chicago. These girls are nearly
all from the country districts of eastern Europe, and are, therefore,
peculiarly helpless in such a situation.
- "BETTER POLICING OF- THE RAILROAD STATIONS,
WHICH WOULD KEEP RUNNERS FROM CHEAP AND DIS
REPUTABLE HOTELS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF
THE IMMIGRANT WAITING' ROOMS, MORE SUPER
VISION OF EXPRESS AND CABMEN, MIGHT DO SOME
THING, BUT THE SITUATION CAN BE PROPERLY HAN
DLED ONLY BY THE ESTABLISHMENT" OF THE FED
ERAL PROTECTIVE BUREAU UNDER THE IMMIGRA
TION DEPARTMENT, WHICH WOULD HAVE FULL AU
THORITY TO DETAIN THE IMMIGRANTS AND REGU
LATE THEIR RELEASE IN CHICAGO."
The part of the "report which immediately follows the aboye
relates to what happens to immigrant men when they are taken
from Chicago to construction camps. It will n6t serve a-useful
purpose to print that par of the report at this time. v
But the people of Chicago can insist on protection for these
virtuous, though ignorant girl immigrants, who, upon arrival in
OUR city, are too often seized upon as prey for the White Slavers
vand fed into the awful maw of organized Vice.