Scope of investigation. -- General uniformity of phenomena. -- Prostitution an urban problem. -- Medieval and modern prostitution differ. -- Prostitution defined. -- Need of broad conception. -- Immorality distinguished from prostitution. -- Prevalence and significance of immorality. -- Prostitution not necessarily a permanent status. -- Mortality of prostitutes. -- Number of prostitutes. -- Forms taken by prostitution. -- Influence of alcohol. -- Homosexuality. -- The pimp. -- The Paris prostitute. -- The cost of prostitution.
PROSTITUTION will be studied in these pages from the standpoint of the practical experience of European countries. An effort will be made to ascertain its forms and extent, the sources from which it is recruited, the conditions that either cause or conduce to it, the procedure of different communities in dealing with it and with the conditions responsible for it, the measures which have been employed by way of combat or control, and the results which have been thus obtained. Material will be drawn from extended personal inquiry and observation in the larger cities of England, Scotland, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria-Hungary,1 -- from the coun-____________________