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March 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(12):940-941. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680380064029

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Elimination of Brothels  A little over a year ago Geneva closed its brothels. Since it was the last Swiss city to do so, brothels do not longer exist in Switzerland. Norway closed them in 1888, Denmark in 1901, Holland, Bulgaria and Serbia in 1911, Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1922. England and Sweden never tolerated these institutions. In Germany, these resorts have been closed since the war in most of the large cities: Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, Frankfort, Leipzig, Essen and Munich. France is doing likewise, these houses having been closed in Strasbourg, Colmar, Haguenau, Pau and Salins, and a serious campaign is now being waged to close them in all French cities. Unfortuately, in Paris, the large proportion of the clientele of these houses is composed of foreign visitors. As far as Geneva is concerned, public prostitution has practically vanished, for the police laws are severe in this respect. Although it

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