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Pelham D. Glassford, former Police Chief of Washington, DC, was quoted in the May 11, 1936 TIME article "Policeman on Prostitution" as having stated:

“The practice of prostitution has been technically licensed by the [Phoenix] police for a period of many years. The women from the ‘redlight’ district are arraigned before the Magistrates Court once a month and invariably plead guilty. Those charged with being inmates of a house of prostitution pay a fine of $25, those charged with operating a house of prostitution pay $50. The city derives a revenue from this source of approximately $20,000 a year…

The advantages of the existing system are: that practically all prostitutes are known to the police and can be kept under supervision; the city derives a substantial revenue, and prostitution is kept out of the residential districts…

Prostitution is as old as history. It is in violation of our .laws [sic] and ordinances. It cannot be eliminated by legislation nor by law enforcement.

I AM CONVINCED THAT THE ONLY PRACTICAL SOLUTION IS LEGALIZED PROSTITUTION, UNDER RIGID POLICE AND HEALTH SUPERVISION.”

May 11, 1936