JAPAN: Yoshiwara Democratized

The Tokyo Brothel-Keepers Association, "moved," they said, "by a spirit of democracy," recently freed their girls from the traditional system of indentured servitude, which had long been the basis of the famed Yoshiwara district. Last week General MacArthur, in the name of "the fundamental human rights," made it an order.

No longer would girls be sold to the whoremasters by impoverished parents and be bound to work until they could buy their way out with a niggardly share of their earnings. (Sales by husbands and sweethearts were banned in 1940.) Henceforth "Double-Blossomed Plum" and her many sisters would be in business...

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