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Prostitution in Philadelphia: Arrests 1912-1918
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Prostitution in Philadelphia: Arrests 1912-1918

Authors: Leigh Hammel, Peter Shannon, Kathy Harris, and Michael Kahan

This visualization is a tool to explore the distribution of prostitution arrests in Philadelphia during the 20th century. It uses a sample of approximately 25% of data collected on just over 4,000 police arrest records (1,124 total records used) for disorderly street conduct from 1912 to 1918. In addition to data on arrest location, charge, and sentence, these records also contain personal information such as age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and home addresses of those arrested. Our study area focuses on the city center of Philadelphia near the intersection of Market and Broad Street, where most prostitution arrests occurred. Two neighborhoods of particular interest are the Tenderloin, a de facto red-light district, and the 7th Ward, an official city unit with a high concentration of Black residents.
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