CHAPTER IX
ABOLITION AND ORDER

Meaning of term "Abolition." -- Immediate effect of abolition. -- General distinction between regulation and abolition. -- Abolition not laissez-faire. -- Provisions of English law as to street-walking,as to brothels. -- Legislation in Norway, -- in Denmark, -- in Holland, -- in Switzerland. -- Public opinion an important factor. -- Actual conditions as to street-walking in London. -- General improvement. -- Actual conditions as to vice resorts. -- Effects of London policy. -- Comparison with continental cities. -- Abolition and the police. -- Conditions in provincial and Scottish towns. -- Conditions in abolition towns on the Continent. -- The suppression of bordells. -- Street- walking in Copenhagen, -- in Christiania, -- in Dutch cities. -- No loss through abolition. -- Prostitution and vagabondage. -- The domicile problem. -- Prostitution and crime in abolitionist communities. -- Morals police in abolition communities.

THE term abolition is more or less widely misunderstood. Not infrequently it is supposed to mean "the abolition of prostitution," and abolitionists are represented as bent upon summarily abolishing prostitution through statutory enactment or otherwise. As a matter of fact, abolition refers only to the abolition of laws and police ordinances regulating, recognizing, or licensing the practice of prostitution;1 and abolitionists are those who oppose all statutory enactments or police decrees authorizing the inscription or medical examination of prosti

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Strictly speaking, no community can be an abolition community unless it has previously had regulation; but in this chapter -- and indeed generally-the term abolition is also applied to cities that, without ever having had regulation, are opposed to the adoption of that or any similar policy; and persons are called abolitionists if they are opposed to the things implied by regulation.

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