Cast & Crew
Richard Foster Baker
Charles L. Greenleaf
Robert P. Thompson
After Illinois officials break up the rackets in the Chicago Tenderloin district, the State Morals Committee, hoping to use the information to suppress new attempts at restoring the white slave trade, interview a number of women who were sold into prostitution.
The film was made up largely of flashbacks, each one depicting the story of a witness. According to the synopsis of this film in the copyright descriptions, it was based on a report of the Illinois State Vice Commission and contained actual testimonies of women who were forced into prostitution. After the film opened in Chicago in May 1916, the City Council Judiciary Committee voted against a proposal to revoke its permit. Clergymen, clubwomen and social workers urged restrictions be removed so that high school girls and boys could attend the screenings. In 1923, another film called The Little Girl Next Door based its story on one incident in the 1916 film. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3114.) It is unclear whether Robert P. Thompson was an assistant director or an actor.