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Jewish Organizations Plan Campaign Against White Slave Traffic

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A vigorons campaign to combat white slave traffic among Jews was decided upon at the international conference of Jewish organizations which concluded its session here.

The conference adopted a number of recommendations submitted by various committees. The recommendations urged the committees to seek the cooperation of the local rabbis, including the Chassidic rabbis, to issue public pronouncements for the suppression of vice and to carry on an intensive enlightenment campaign through the issuance of pamphlets in the languages of the country and in Yiddish.

The conference also recommended that rabbis be asked to retrain from officiating at so-called secret weddings.

Rabbis and lay leaders of the communities are to be asked to assist in this campaign which will have the cooperation of the Jewish Colonization Association, the Alliance Israelite Universelle, the Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden and the Indepedent Order B’nai Brith.

Louis Oungre, representing the Ica, proposed that the committees combatting white slave traffic coordinate their activities with the Jewish emigration committees. He expressed the hope that the American institutions will help the conference in its decision to establish an international Jewish Fund to combat white slave traffic.

Rabbi Schoenfeld, in speaking on the subject, expressed his fear that the conference has exaggerated Jewish responsibility in this problem.

“We must not forget that the white slave traffic is an international problem and does not affect Jews alone.” He urged that the steamship companies be warned against transporting women who are not properly accompanied.

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