Time Essay: REFLECTIONS ON THE SAD PROFESSION

FOR a while, everybody sounded a little hysterical. New York City Criminal Court Judge Morris Schwalb, exasperated at the extent of prostitution, arbitrarily ordered two girls to be locked up without bail. "Streetwalking prostitutes contribute to disease," the judge declared. "They are responsible for serious crimes." An attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union, on the other hand, denounced Schwalb for "an utterly outrageous exercise of judicial power." Mayor John Lindsay, like so many mayors in such embarrassing circumstances, ordered yet another "crackdown on vice." But as the police began rounding...

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