Prostitution involves two parties. -- Extent of demand in Europe. -- Theory of its necessity. -- Is physiological impulse irresistible? -- Analysis into various factors. -- Demand emanating from woman. -- Effect: of improvement in social status. -- Changed attitude of medical profession. -- Reduction of demand through education. -- Sex education in Europe. -- Influence of demoralizing literature. -- Recent improvement.
PROSTITUTION is usually described and discussed from the standpoint of the women involved alone; but the problem cannot be understood so long as it is approached solely from that angle. In every act of prostitution at least two parties, usually, but not always, of opposite sex, are concerned. Now one, now the other, is either initially or more highly responsible. Not infrequently, however, these two individuals are so far from constituting the entire situation that they may be mere puppets in the hands of others: the man, the victim of shrewdly devised suggestion or excitement; the woman, the bait cunningly dangled by pimp, brothel-keeper, or publican. Under such circumstances it is plainly absurd to speak of prostitution as if it were only or even mainly the act of the woman; as if women took to prostitution simply because they were marked out for a vicious life by innate depravity or even forced into it by economic pressure. Inclination on the one hand, need on the other, are among the factors that will assist us to understand the