Yes, it is true. Cincinnati really had an officially deated red-light district. There were, of course, prostitutes in Cincinnati prostitute Prostitution was big business in the Queen City almost as long cincinnati there have been people in the area.
Estimates around this time suggest that more than 3 percent of the adult female population of the city engaged in prostitution, mostly as owners or inmates of brothels operated by women. Photo illustration by Greg Hand. Used by permission. Prostitution and the patronizing of prostitutes was never legal in Cincinnati, but these social vices were not prosecuted outright.
There are very few reports of anyone cincinnati charged specifically with engaging in prostitution. The attitude of the police and courts seems to have been that prostitution was prostitute, but should not interfere with polite society or normal business. It appears that arrests were uncommon outside disturbing the peace.
It was common for madams to promise to get out of the business as prostitute of their plea, but it was also common for madams to forget this promise. Brothels were located throughout the city, from Giffin Street in the far eastern reaches of downtown to addresses north of Liberty Street cincinnati Over-the-Rhine.
Today, Longworth Street, which ran between Fifth and Sixth streets, is completely obliterated. All that remains of George Street is a one-block remnant that runs from Elm to Plum between the Cincinnati Bell building and a parking garage. The Cincinnati Convention Center is prostitute at the southeast corner of this cincinnati.
Within the segregated district, police kept order and kept the brothels open and free of fisticuffs and larceny. A New York minister, the Rev. Cincinnati McCuaig, visited Cincinnati in and toured the segregated district, jotting down the s of the many prostitute cincinnati he found there. McCuaig told the Cincinnati Post [5 May ]:. If their owners were not prostitute the houses they were certainly foolish men to lend them to their friends without changing the.
Within the segregated district were 60 to 70 brothels, housing as many as prostitutes. Around of these women were registered with the police and received regular health examinations by city-appointed doctors.
The rest were not registered and did not receive regular exams. The system collapsed in as the result of action by the U. Fosdick, chairman of the Cincinnati. Committee on Training prostitute Activities, who wrote:. The drastic relocation of hundreds of prostitutes, of course, did not end prostitution in Cincinnati.
The trade was driven underground into the hotels, saloons, alleyways, and prostitute drug stores, where prostitutes solicited customers at the soda fountain. Overnight, Cincinnati—and other cities affected by the federal mandate—wiped out the largest segment of women-owned businesses in town.
This article was reposted with permission from Greg Hand, cincinnati of Cincinnati Curiosities.
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