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“The Illustrated Biography of a Child Prostitute”
Modern Sketch No. 35, February 1937
|(1) She was such an innocent, vivacious young lass!
[sign:] Girls Middle School
|(2) But her family was destroyed by a man of
ruthless ambition. In order to survive, she let
herself be led into a big, foreign-run port city.
[sign:] Tianjin Hotel
|(3) Even as she gazes out over the cityscape,
her life is being sold away behind her back!
|(4) Once you have entered this den of demons,
you become a slave to others' every whim!
|(5) And so, having fallen into the dungeon,
the hand of the devil overpowers her!
|(6) There is one who would rescue her from the
pit of fire. At any rate, he displays a bit of sympathy!
|(7) Her wicked boss nearly punishes her with
death, for her desire to escape is so easily detected!
|(8) Like a burnt-out cinder of coal she is resold
to the lowest-class of brothel on Catfish Alley!
|(9) Never again shall her eyes see the light of the
sun. With morphine coursing through her veins, they
auction off the last drop of her blood, the last bone
in her body!