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more victims to keep up the Annual supply to meet th? awfuLde
mand of this business. ,.
They haunt the dance halls. They visit the department stores.
Wherever unprotected innocence appears-, there are the male and
female vultures waiting for their prey. "
The following extract from the published report of the Chicago
Vice Commission nnints oiit some of the temntdtions to which
salesgirls in department stores ate subjected: " ) !
"TEMPTATIONS TQ WHICH SALESGIRLS" IN DEPART
MENT STORES ARE SUBJECTED"
' "AS POINTED OUTt ABOVE, THE GIRL IN THE DE
PARTMENT STORE IS SUBJECTED TO CERTAIN
TEMPTATIONS, T,0 WHICH SOME YIELD, AND FROM
WHICH MANY FLEE, n '
"THESE TEMPTATIONS APPEAR IN THE FOLLOW
ING GUISES: . ,
"1. THE PROCURESS.THE WOMAN WHO AP
PEARS BEFORE THE GIRL'S CQUTER, OR IN .THE
WAITING ROOM, AND, COMPLIMENTS HER ON HER
GOOD LOOKS AND BEWAILS WITH HER THE INJUSTICE
WHICH PREVENTS HER 'FROM HAVING BEAUTIFUL
CLOTHES TO WHICH SHE IS ENTITLED AND,THEGOOD
TIMES, BECAUSE OF HER YOUTH AND BEAtJTY. TOO
OFTEN THE GIRL LISTENS AND ACCEPTS THE 'ELE
GANT' LADY'S INVITATION TO COME TO HER FLAT
FOR DINNER OR TO SPEND SUNDAY. .
"ONE OF THESE WOMEN DID SO .APPEAR BEFORE A
YOUNG GIRL AND DID INVITE HER TO HER 'BEAUTf
FUL FLAT,' IN FACT SHE WAS CONTINUALLY ASKING
OTHER GIRLS TO DO THE SAME THING. BUT HER
FLAT WAS A DISORDERLY HOUSE, AND HER OWN
DAUGHTER WAS ONE OF THE INMATES..
"AGAIN, ONE DAY A- SALESLADY WENT TO THE
REST ROOM TO WASH. . A WOMAN DRESSED IN VERY
RICH APPAREL CAME TO HER AND ASKED HER TO
MEET A YOUNG MAN. THE GIRL WAS AFRAID AND
TOLD THE HOUSE DETECTIVE, WHO WENT TO THE :
ROOM, J3UT THE WOMAN HAD DISAPPEARED.
"ANOTHER WOMAN WHO POSED AS A RICH LADY, '
TRADED SEVERAL TIMES WITH A GIRL AT THE DRUG
COUNTER IN ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT STORES. ONE
DAY SHE ASKED THE GIRL TO VISIT HER HOME, SAYf
ING THAT HER HUSBAND WAS AWAY. THE GIRL AC
CEPTED THIS HOSPITALITY, AND AFTERWARD 'WENT