The Lorette Ordinance of 1857 prohibited prostitution on the first floor of buildings in New Orleans. So many prostitutes took up residence there to serve the needs of General Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac that the area became known as "Hooker's Division." Two blocks between Pennsylvania and Missouri Avenues became home to such expensive brothels that it was known as "Marble Alley." In 1873, Anthony Comstock created the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, an institution dedicated to supervising the morality of the public.
Comstock successfully influenced the United States Congress to pass the Comstock Law, which made illegal the delivery or transport of "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" material and birth control information.
In 1875, Congress passed the Page Act of 1875 that made it illegal to transport women into the nation to be used as prostitutes.
In 1881, the Bird Cage Theatre opened in Tombstone, Arizona.
In most states, prostitution is considered a misdemeanor in the category of public order crime–crime that disrupts the order of a community. jurisdiction to allow legal prostitution–in the form of regulated brothels–the terms of which are stipulated in the Nevada Revised Statutes.
Prostitution was at one time considered a vagrancy crime. Only eight counties currently contain active brothels.
In the late 19th century, newspapers reported that 65,000 white slaves existed.
According to the National Institute of Justice, a study conducted in 2008 found that approximately 15-20 percent of men in the country have engaged in commercial sex. Granger legalized prostitution in Nashville, Tennessee, in order to curb venereal disease among Union soldiers.
Some of the women in the American Revolution who followed the Continental Army served the soldiers and officers as sexual partners. The move was successful and venereal disease rates fell from forty percent to just four percent due to a stringent wellness program which required all prostitutes to register and be checked by a board certified physician every two weeks for which they were charged five dollars registration fee plus 50 cents per examination.
Prostitutes were a worrisome presence to army leadership, particularly because of the possible spread of venereal diseases. In the 19th century, parlor house brothels catered to upper class clientele, while bawdy houses catered to the lower class.
Its primary stated intent was to address prostitution and perceived immorality.
The Supreme Court later included consensual debauchery, adultery, and polygamy under "immoral purposes".