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Florine French and Mildred Hinchcliff, White Slave Ring trial
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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On April 22, 1940 a white slave ring operating from Los Angeles, but spanning from El Centro to Seattle, was uncovered when a young woman, an intended victim by the name of Maxine Rayle called LAPD Sheriff, Captain Walter Hunter to say she and another woman were being held captive and gave an address where they could be found. When police raided the location, they arrested two men and one woman on suspicion of pandering - they were identified as: 43-year-old Charles W. "Monty" Montgomery, leader of the operation; 21-year-old Bristol Barrett, in charge of finding, wooing, and luring the young women; and 33-year-old Ann Forst, aka Anne Forrester "The Black Widow", an asserted key figure in booking girls and placing them in disorderly and ill-reputed houses. It was discovered that Ann Forst ran multiple houses of prostitution, promising girls net incomes of $300-$400 a month. Evidence indicated that approximately 200 women made up Forst's white slave ring. Montgomery and Barrett were charged; though it is not known how much time they served. Also indicted were Tim Tullis, an accomplice of the slave ring; Dolly Dupree, operator of one of the houses in San Bernardino; and Serena Peine, who served one year for pandering. Ann Forst (birth name Almerdell [sic] Forrester) was booked on pandering charges and spent 3 or 4 years of a 1 to 10 year sentence at the women's prison in Tehachapi. She moved up north upon her release and then to Arizona and Nevada, where she ran highway motels with her husband. Forst died in obscurity in 1998.
Photograph caption dated May 15, 1940 reads, "Florine French - Shared Apartment With Woman 'Boss,' She testifies." Note: Also pictured is Mildred Hinchcliff at right.
1 photographic print :b&w ;24 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 8912
Trials (Prostitution)--California--Los Angeles
Procuresses--California--Los Angeles
Prostitution--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Trials--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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