When she was murdered by a French drifter in 1867, the whole town went into mourning for her - all the mines and saloons closed out of respect and thousands attended her funeral.
And why should constables go after hookers?
They were sometimes beaten, raped or killed.
Some of their husbands urged them to.The movement of a prostitute from one brothel to another was reported.These pages always included the address of the brothel, descriptions of its women and the services they provided and, at times, what it cost to enjoy the feminine charms of the employees.Big Nose Kate, pictured here aged 15, left, broke her lover Doc Holliday out of jail in 1877 by setting a fire and pulling a gun on a guard.Madams careers never ended, though, and were often prosperous.Some, such as Maria Williamson, owned half a dozen houses of prostitution.Hundreds of them bought provocative dresses, walked the streets, procured johns and took them to rented rooms in boarding houses for sex.Five years after Helen was butchered with an ax, anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 prostitutes worked in a community of whorehouses, on street corners and even in the balconies of exquisite theaters, where they thought nothing of propositioning men in front of their wives.Johns entered the home through a lobby and went to a large living room, where they met the women of the house, chose one and sat back to listen to a woman play a piano.Incarceration was a regular part of their job, and many had spent months in jail (the usual sentence was 60 days).Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The Japanese government has denied responsibility for this to this day and has refused to issue an official apology or pay restitution.