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Finally, McBee's most compelling arguments involve his analysis of how commercialized leisure reconfigured gender relations among immigrants.
The sensational narratives of the white slavery scare were the first effective salvo in this campaign against commercialized vice.
Following the logic of Progressive-era anti-monopolism, segregated districts were the marketplaces of commercialized vice, but the strength of the corporate comparison gave this metaphor a twist particular to the period.
When, contrary to expectations, the Mann Act did not cripple commercialized prostitution, and local state's attorneys were only prosecuting low-level pimps and madams, anti-vice reformers shifted their emphasis from people to places.
He reasoned that, like other corporate combinations, commercialized vice was an organized and interconnected business that was national in scope and exceeded the jurisdiction of local police powers.
Ironically, the local white slave traffic acts, which were only supposed to supplement the Mann Act, proved a more effective tool for fighting commercialized vice.
139] To redress the limitations of criminal law, anti-vice reformers argued that the civil courts of equity were the appropriate arena for squashing commercialized vice.
155] The Vice Trust metaphors were overdetermined, and the white slavery narratives were often hyperbolic, but the legal legacy of the Progressives' economic critique of commercialized vice has changed criminal justice in the United States.
American Vigilance Association, Testimony and Addresses on Segregation and Commercialized Vice, Pamphlet No.
By the end of World War I, anti-vice reformers had closed the red-light districts in over two hundred cities, see Standard Statistics of Prostitution, Gonorrhea, Syphilis (pamphlet), page RL-1, 1919, file 1, box 170, ASHA; Joseph Mayer, The Regulation of Commercialized Vice: An Analysis of the Transition From Segregation to Repression in the United States (New York, 1922), 9.

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