Rare Glimpses of Lost Underworld

Their daughters often followed them into prostitution; their sons often turned to drugs. Sometimes men came, sometimes to drink, do drugs, watch films or sightsee. In the ghetto, there was a health center, a police station, a social-work office and a crude education service that taught basic reading and writing to women and their children. But the women suffered — from poverty, violence, heroin addiction, syphilis and destitution when they became too old to work.