Last updated on: 1/23/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Pelham D. Glassford Biography

Title:
Former Police Chief of Washington, D.C.
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The practice of prostitution has been technically licensed by the [Phoenix] police for a period .of [sic] 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.”

Time Magazine, May 11, 1936

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chief, Phoenix Police Department, 1936
  • Federal Conciliator, 1934
  • Chief, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department,1931-1932
  • Brigadier General (final rank), U.S. Army, 1904-1931
Education:
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, 1904
Other:
  • Deceased: Aug. 9, 1959
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?