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WHY WAYMAN IS RIGHT IN GOING AFTER OWNERS
The following extract from the report of the vice commission
will show why State's Attorney John E. W. Wayman is right in
prosecuting first the owners of disorderly houses, then the keepers,
and in saying he will eventually dismiss the charges against the
"The first truth the commission desires to impress upon the
citizens of Chicago is the fact that the social evil in this city is a
commercialized business of large proportions, with tremendous
profits of more than fifteen million dollars per year, controlled large
ly by men, not women.
"Separate the male exploiter from the problem, and we lessen
its extent and check its flagrant outward expression. In addition
we check an artificial stimulus which has been given the business-:
so that larger profits may be made by the male exploiters.
"It is abhorent to the moral sense of a community like Chicago
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 of men, vicious and ignorant to a degree who are.
openly and defiantly breaking the laws of the state, and bringing
into ill repute the honor of the city.
"Side by side with this group of professional male exploiters
stand ostensibly respectable citizens, both men and women, who
are openly renting and leasing property for exorbitant .sums, and)
thus sharing through immorality of investments, the Bfpfits 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
"These statements may seem exaggerated and highly colored
bjit a careful, ultra conservative study of conditions in this munici
pality has put the commission in possession of absolute facts on
which to base these conclusions. No language can be too strong,
no condemnation too severe, for those who have brought upon Chi-,
cago this intolerable situation. ... '
"The court records show that practically no effort has been,
made during the past three years to prosecute owners and real estate
agents who are leasing and renting property for immoral purposes4
The law affecting these persons is a dead letter.
"The reasons for this are very apparent, first, the indifference "
of the public, and second, but perhaps the most vital, is because such'
property brings an exorbitant rate of interest on the capital in-t