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(Per Pi ess Association.)

v WELLINGTON, March 10. The Commissioner of Police (Mr Cullen) was waited on to-day with regard to the alleged existence in New" 1 Zealand of an organised white slave traffic, inferred from the speech of Mrs Field at the W.C.T.U. Conference at Gisborne. The Commissioner, who keeps in close touch with every police district in New Zealand, stated that he was sure there was no organised white slavery existent at the present time in New Zealand. That sort of thing could not go on for long in a small country like this without detection, and he was.quite confident that there was no organised effort to decoy girls into leading a life of ill-fame,., There was a case about five or six years ago, when a Wellington girl was said to have been lured to London by a man who made a business of that kind of thing. That man had been subsequently arrested as one of the three who were responsible for the importation into Auckland of some French women. These women used to cloak their infamous trade by taking little confectionery or tobacconists' shops in various parts of ■ the city. Finally, one of the women got into trouble with thfe police, and, the whole truth 'came out. Originally, these girls were lured away from their;.. homes in France by mcii who only sought to make money out of them. They were persuaded to leave by a promise 'of beautiful dresses, a trip to other countries, and the prospect of finally making good matches. First they were taken to some of the Continental cities, and pftfirwa-rds they visited Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, and Auckland, but were not in the latter city long before they were rooted out.

Other police officials were questioned on the same subject, but one and all gave the opinion that, so far as their knowledge went, there was no organised white slave traffic going on in New Zealand.

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WHITE SLAVERY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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WHITE SLAVERY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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