How We are Defending the Health of Our Soldiers and Sailors: 309 Houses of Shame Closed. 1918
(Antiprostitution - WWI) State Law Enforcement and Protective League. How We are Defending the Health of Our Soldiers and Sailors: 309 Houses of Shame Closed. San Francisco: State Law Enforcement and Protective League, 1918. Trifold pamphlet  pp.; illus. from photos, two small closed tears, edges worn, one small repair?
Exemplary and rare document of the overheated rhetoric in the fight against prostitution and its special urgency during wartime. The League’s purpose is declared to be the protection of men in service and purity of home, primarily through “suppression of the vice exploiter” and “rehabilitation of the vice victim.” The pamphlet is primarily a report on legal actions brought under the Redlight Abatement Act. Seven recently closed “dens of vice” in the San Francisco Bay area are illustrated next to the descriptions of hundreds of others, and evidence of “white slave” trafficking.
A “Telegrams” section verso includes a note from a chaplain in the field artillery, “The saloon and the brothel are the Kaiser’s best friends in America and the Devil’s best friends on earth.”