From the Los Angeles Daily Times, February 6, 1904
STORMY DAY IN CRIBTOWN.
Reopened Dens of Vice Are Raided by Police.
Shortly after noon yesterday, . . . the reopened cribs [houses of prostitution] were raided, and seventeen of the occupants were made prisoners. . . .
Officers England and Ross, two newly appointed policemen, had been at work in the crib district for two weeks in citizens clothes, collecting evidence. They had sworn out warrants for the arrest of fifteen women upon whom they had kept tab and were reasonably sure of being able to convict. . . .
Thirteen of the unlucky courtesans were loaded into the patrol wagon . . . and carted off to the Police Station. The remaining four were escorted to the station afoot and on [street]cars. A crowd of saloon bums and macquereaux [pimps] followed the procession, but were shut out of the station. . . .
Desk sergeant Tyler had a nerve-wracking time getting the names of the prisoners all being French and Belgians. Tyler does not parlez-vous Francais to any great extent . . . . Before he had half-spelled out the names of Camille, Gabrielle, Lisette, Jeanne, Heloise, etc., an order came from Justice Austin to hurry the prisoners into court. . . .
It has been customary to fix the bail of dissolute women charged with vagrancy at $25 to $50, but Justice Austin . . . fairly raised the male creatures who owned the prostitutes and put up the money to get them out of their troubles out of their boots by requiring a bond of $500. . . .
J. Heaney, agent of Chris Buckley, Johnny Manning and Nick Oswald, were on hand to qualify as bondsmen. Five of the prisoners were from the Buckley cribs, the remainder principally from Ballerinos dens. . . .
Five hundred dollars is a pretty steep sum to . . . to get a common prostitute out of jail, but when she is behind bars she cannot earn any money for the man who owns her. Business is slack in the redlight district when the cribs are empty. . . .