Last updated on: 8/28/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

July 5, 1870 – St. Louis Regulates

The city of St. Louis, Missouri passed the Social Evil Ordinance empowering the Board of Health to regulate prostitution. The Board of Health required registration and medical examination of all known prostitutes as well as the licensing of brothels. The medical examiners were paid by fees collected from the ‘social evilists’ (prostitutes) and madams. The ordinance was nullified by the Missouri state legislature in 1874.