Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Committee of Fifteen Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Restraint by license is a surrender to vice under authority of law; restraint by segregation is a compromise with vice, illegally made, and nullification of laws by public officers appointed to enforce them. Either license or segregation condemns whole neighbourhoods, in which the vicious are but a minority, to the common brand of infamy, and fails, nevertheless to save other neighbourhoods from incursions of vice.”

The Social Evil, 1912

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Committee of Fifteen, a New York City citizens’ group that advocated the elimination of vice (specifically prostitution and gambling), was founded in November 1900. Its members, chiefly prominent businessmen, hired a team of investigators who visited locations throughout the city where ‘vice’ crimes allegedly took place, filing reports on each site. The Committee disbanded in December 1901, after evaluating the collected evidence.”

The New York Public Library website (accessed June 29, 2007)

Mission:

None found

Other:
Advocacy organization