Reasons for partial survival of regulation. -- Policy rapidly losing ground. -- Ignorance of its details. -- Political and social conservatism. -- Vested interests. -- Regulation and police corruption. -- Ulterior motives. -- Final objection to regulation.
IN the course of the last three chapters I have been at pains to discuss in detail the continental regulation of vice. I have shown that the term regulation denotes no uniform system, but that, on the contrary, marked variations of system exist, explicable in the main, as different attempts to stop a gap, to prevent further collapse, or to effect a readjustment somewhat less repugnant to modern feeling. Two reasons continue to be advanced officially in support of the system: that it is necessary to the police authorities for the maintenance of order, and that it contributes to the reduction of venereal disease. The former contention has been shown to lack substantial basis; the latter is assuredly in most cases either insincere or mistaken,-- insincere, I take it, in Paris, where the most elementary sanitary precautions are neglected, where the administration of the hygienic features is so notoriously bad that one cannot but suspect the entire sanitary object; mistaken at Vienna, where a conscientious administration continues to labor at the task with implements and methods already obsolete. I have shown, further, that, futile at its best,