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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 13, 1913, Image 2

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It wfll find out what It ineaas to at
tack millionaires and men of Big
Business 'who have dirtied their fin
gers with the dollars of prostitution.
The Committee of Fifteen, which
has a few millionaires within its own
ranks, is not the first to discover the
wicked system by which property
owners shared in the profits of com
mercialized vice. The Chicago Vice
Commission found it out, and its re
port had this to say of such property
owners:
"The first truth that the commis
sion desires to impress upon the citi
zens pf Chicago is the fact that pros
titution is a COMMERCIALIZED
BUSINESS of large proportions with
tremendous profits of more than fif
teen million dollars per year, con
trolled largely BY MEN, not women.
"Separate the male exploiter from
the problem, and we minimize its ex
tent and abate its flagrant outward
expression. In addition we check an
artificial stimulus which has been
given the business so that larger
profits might be made by men ex
ploiters. "It is abhorent to the moral sense
of a community like Chicago the
second largest city in the country
a city rightly ambitious to stand high
in the world's achievements for civic
and social betterment that there
should be within its borders a group
or groups of men, vicious and igno
rant to a degree who are openly and
defjantjy breaking the laws of the
sjate, arid bringing into ill repute the
honor of the city.
'ln juxtaposition with this group of
professional male exploiters stand
ostensibjy respectable citizens, both
men and women, who are openly
renting and leasing property for ex
orbitant sums, and thus sharing,
through immorality of investments,
the profits from this BUSINESS. A
business which demands a supply of
five thousand souls from year to year
to satisfy the lust and greed of men
in this city alone. a
'These statements mSy seem ex-
"32-a!ed and highly- colored, but 4
careful, ultra conservative study of
conditions in this municipality has
put the commission in possession of
absolute facts upon which to base
these conclusions. No language can
be tod strong, no condemnation top
severe, for those who have brought
upon Chicago this intolerable situa
tion. "The court records show that prac
tically no effort has been made dur
ing the past three years to prosecute
owners and real estate agents who
are leasing and renting property for
immoral purposes. The law affecting
these persons is a dead letter.
"The reasons for this are very ap
parent, first, the indifference of the
public, and second, but perhaps most
vital, because such property brings
an exorbitant rate of interest on the
capital invested.
"These artificial values in the last
analysis are -the basis of a great
many difficulties in connection with
the problem of the social evil. It
was shown that the main reason why
it is so difficult to suppress prostitu
tion in connection with saloons was
because of the enormous profits
which are made from drinks, in the
rear rooms and from the rental of
rooms over the saloon. The same
argument applies to assignation
hotejs.
"This difficulty is very apparent
when entire housqs or apartments
are rented outright for this purpose.
On the Vyest Side there are a num
ber of properties which are practical
ly worthless for legitimate purposes,
A business man endeavored to buy a
lot on which was erected a. frarne
building, which was being used a
a housa of ill-fame. The Jot is 90
feet and the owner was offered
$36,000, or $400 per front foot. He
declined to sell, saying he was secur-,
ing an income on a value of $700 per
front foot, and that he would not self
even for that amount
"In another instance a Tot was held
for $450 per front foot, when ftg
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