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are compelled by law to carry. The police records contain
information on both licensed and unlicensed prostitutes.
(2) During the course of their patrolling, military po-
lice may gain information through observation of actual or
suspected activities of prostitutes or their agents. Places
most commonly frequented by prostitutes and promiscuous
women include bars, cafes, hotel lobbies, cheap dance-halls,
taverns, road-houses, trailer camps, amusement parks, carni-
vals, and tourist camps. Military police should note and
watch closely, though not in a conspicuous manner, the
activities of any woman who continually patronizes such es-
tablishments, particularly when she is accompanied or ap-
proached by numerous members of the armed forces. In-
formation secured by observation is reported to the provost
marshal, who forwards it to the appropriate health officer,
police officials, and other civil authorities to assist them in
making necessary investigations and arrests. The provost
marshal should furnish military police with descriptions and
other information, taken from reports of venereal disease
control officers, concerning women known to be infected
with venereal disease.
(3) The provost marshal may confer with the operators
of establishments which are known to be frequented by
prostitutes or promiscuous women, or in which employees
are known to act as agents of prostitutes, to secure their
cooperation in eliminating possibilities for contacts between
service personnel and prostitutes. Establishments which
fail to cooperate may be placed "off limits" by proper
d. Control of prostitution. (1) It is the policy of the
War Department to suppress prostitution and to eliminate
segregated areas of possible infection surrounding the mili-
tary establishments. In the U.S., the civil authorities have
complete control over the suppression of prostitution. Mili-
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United States. War Department. Military police in towns and cities, book, January 1945; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96651/m1/66/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.