Soldiers in London (17 february 1917)
Soldiers in London
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.
Sir, — The pronouncement of the Executive Committee of the National Council for Combating Venereal Diseases seems to me to be founded upon some misapprehension. A policy cannot have failed which has never been tried, and the complete separation of prostitutes from the rest of the population for a considerable period of time has never been attempted here, nor, so far as I am aware, elsewhere. By the word "internment" I did not mean mere segregation, but that they should be confined in camps or settlements where they could do honest national work under good conditions, without danger of their spreading either moral or physical contagion. It is a time for swift and radical measures. While we write and talk the poison works.
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, Feb. 15.