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WHITE SLAVE SCANDAL

WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 12, 1909 - The white Slave traffic disclosures made in connection with New York city's municipal campaign are about to assume international proportions. They involve charges that members of the French and Italian immigration services have connived for years with the leaders of London and New York's Slave traffic, sending to these shores French and Italian women. This information will be presented to the Italian and French embassies by citizens of these countries. It is assumed that their governments will take immediate action. Statistics showing the thousands of deportations of women who have arrived in New York in the last five years, as well as some of their depositions secretly obtained by inspectors of the American, Italian and French immigration services, will be produced.

Attempts have been made to attach guilt to the Camorra of Naples on the supposition that most of the Italian single women who have arrived in America in the past came through the port of Naples, but it appears that the Camorra in this instance is guiltless and that the traffic has been carried on by honored citizens of Italy and France.

In towns in Southern Italy the women outnumber the men ten to one, so many men having emigrated to the United States. So agents of the slave traffic have found it easy to persuade the women to follow. At Naples, their chief port of departure, they are instructed how to proceed, on their arrival at New York. They are met in New York by other agents, usually women, who are paid on a percentage basis for every "head" passed by the authorities. Of late, however, it has been difficult for unattended women to land. The word of certain societies and persons who had been making it a business to look after immigrants has not availed. Most of the women, because of the abundance in Chicago and New York, are tagged like baggage to Italian camps in the Southern states.

THE TACOMA TIMES - NOVEMBER 12 - 1909