An early social commentary on the New York sex trade, this film attempts to sensationalize prostitution, especially forced prostitution. Featuring a number of characters and sub-plots, the film is presented as if it were a documentary. Written by
This movie which relies on the sensational, is not very sensational. The film treats of the white slave trade with immigrant girls to this country as likely candidates for kidnapping. The interior scenes are stultifying (with cheap painted backdrops and hideous wallpaper). There is no camera movement. This static approach to efforts to wipe out the slave trade does not work. Coincidence piles upon coincidence to the point of absurdity. There are too many characters and sub-plots. The only time the film has an opportunity to breathe is during the exterior scenes, such as at the docks or on the rooftop. The film stands, however, as a good introduction to what film used to be before creative elements jelled in the industry.
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