The Inside of the White Slave Traffic (1913)
A dramatization of the methods in which young women are abducted or otherwise procured for prostitution.
Country United States
Genre Short, Drama
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Samuel H. London was sued in 1920 by one Nettie Hechter, whose husband's restaurant was used as a location in the film. Mrs. Hechter had also appeared in the film. She objected that her husband's restaurant was portrayed as a front for recruiting prostitutes, a depiction that not only was wrong but unsanctioned by herself or her husband. She won her case.
Filmed covertly on location in parts of Denver (CO) and El Paso (TX). El Paso's red-light district stood in for Storyville, the famous red-light district in New Orleans. Several of the women of the El Paso district discovered that they had ended up in the film, and filed a lawsuit against writer/producer Samuel H. London. Their complaints were not over any invasion of privacy, but over misrepresentation of which city they were working in.
Two out of the original four reels survive. The rest has not been located and is believed to be lost. As is, the surviving footage is difficult to follow, since there are scenes missing within them.
In publicity the producers claimed that this film was made in cooperation with the Bureau of Social Hygiene, a philanthropy sponsored by industrialist John D. Rockefeller. In fact, the organization had nothing to do with this film and demanded that the producers stop claiming that it did.
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