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US. Servicemen a Boon to Saigon Brothels

Ba rs

SAIGON (P)-The gaudy neon
- signs blink, quickly moving high
heels resound in the street, and
a drunken American voice roars
"Come on, baby!"
The time is 11:30 p.m. in Saigon,
closing hour in the bars of the
South Vietnamese capital, which
Sen. J. W. Fulbright (D-Ark)
has called "an American brothel."
Into Dingy Keely's bar come
two military policemen, their ri-
fles raised high.
"Show your ID's (identifica-
tion cards) !" they shout.
Outside, pedicab drivers wait
for their last fare before the mid-
night curfew and girls pour out

by the hundreds after a long day's
work as hostesses-one of the most
lucrative businesses in war-torn
Viet Nam.
Some are widows, their husbands
slain in the interminable war.
Some are wives of government of-
ficials whose salaries can't feed
the family. Some are there be-
cause nothing pays more in Sai-
gon today than the profession of
barroom hostess.
They line the smoke-filled bars,
pinch the legs of combat-weary
American GI's and promise more
--all for tiny glasses of tepid li-
quid known as Saigon tea, at a
dollar a glass.

Their ranks are countless - no
one knows exactly how many Viet-
namese women work as bar host-
esses, prostitutes or are simply
kept by lonely American men in
a strange land.
The presence of 271,000 Ameri-
can troops in Viet Nam, and par-
ticularly of the 30,000 Americans
stationed in Saigon, has had a
deep impact on the nation's life.
Charges have been made that
families have been broken and
moral values shattered.
Some of this is true - just as
true as the war pounding day and
night at a country where a dainty
girl, 20 years old, in her trim na-

tive Iai costume has not known
any other life but that of uncer-
Some left villages harassed by
Viet Cong guerrillas at night and
pounded by American planes by
But many do not engage in
prostitution. They work in bars
merely to "keep company" with
Americans and carefully stash
away their Saigon tea tickets.
Their profits depend on the day's
consumption and some make twice
as much as the official salary of
the prime minister-25,000 pias-
ters or about $209 a month.
There are other girls -- from

the university, from middle-class
families-who often like to meet
blond American boys roaming the
streets in search of an oriental
American military and civilian
officials say the situation repre-
sents nothing new-that all this
has existed before, in Paris, Rome,
Naples and the bombed-out cities
of occupied Germany after World
War II, And the same thing ex-
isted in World War I and back
into the mists of the history of
Now the girls are expressing
concern about efforts to disperse

the concentration of American in- Said the committee chairman, Mrs1

stallations in Saigon.
City officials, on their part, are
planning to build a special town
on the outskirts of the capital to
which bars and prostitutes could
be moved.
The latest impetus to the move
was given by the newly formed or-
ganization known as "A Commit-
tee for the Defense of the Viet-
namese Woman's Human Dignity
and Rights."
It was founded by several hun-
dred women educators, writers and
social workers and immediately it
took on anti-American overtones.

Phan Thai Cua: "It is disgusting
to see our girls in company of
overgrown Americans. I often can-
not sleep at night thinking of our
13 and 14-year-old girls walking
hand in hand with huge foreign-
The Saigon daily newspapers are
full of gaudy accounts of the ad-
ventures of foreigners, as the
Americans are called here.
The English of the Saigon Eng-
lish-language papers is as blunt
as the scenes described: "Foreign-
er Accused of Rape," "Grenade
Kills Three in Cat House," "Cat
House with Cave Raided."

Then there are the illegitimate
children by troops who finish
their tour in Viet Nam. In recent
months, adoption agencies have
mushroomed in Saigon. Their ads
as well as those advertising "mar-
riages with respectable Vietnamese
girls" are prominently displayed
in newspapers.
"The fastest way for you. We
perform everything for you. Only
come and sign and you'll get your
license," the ads say.
Just below, another larger ad
promises "have more fun for your
money.,. save time with our host-


Call fort
Seek End ofA
All Military
Iron Curtain Nations «
Suggest European$
Security Conference 4
BUCHAREST, Romania (P) -"
East European Communists call-s
ed yesterday for an East-West 4
agreement to abolish military al-
liances on both sides of the Iron'
Curtain and for a European se-
curity conference.
The 18-page declaration had
been signed Tuesday by leaders of
nations in the Warsaw Pact, East
- Europe's military alliance.
The conference apparently
would be open to the United States
although the Soviet Union oppos- East Ge
ed U.S. participation when it first West B
began pushing for the conference new wal
last spring.
Th'le conference should issue a
' declaration of obligations to set-
tle disputes peacefully and improve
relations generally, the Commu-
nists said.
While the United States was not '
specifically included in the War-
saw Pact declaration, mention of The Da
North Atlantic-bloc members and official p
interested parties suggested that sity of m
it was included. Michigan
The Russians failed last month I. respnI
to obtain approval for the idea of Room 351
a European security conference tore 2 p.
from President Charles de Gaulle publicato
of France. When he was in Mos- Notices m;
cow he took the attitude that long mum of t
preparation was needed before a calendar
conference would be useful. accepte d
The pact statement charged
that U.S. policy is "a direct peril$
to peace in Europe" and accused
American leaders of wanting to
"impose their will on their allies
in Western Europe." Cinema G
It also assailed West German Aud., 7 and
policy, charging the Bonn govern-
ment with secretly preparing the school of
basis to make nuclear weapons tal Hall, Sc
and with seeking revenge for the
Nazi defeat in World War II. Eve
A summit meeting, for three
days on pact matters and one day school of
on economic questions with Mon- James Moes
golia joining the other seven, end- p.m.
ed Thursday night and all the school of
leaders left for home late yester- san Morris,
day, of Music, 8:
Failure of the European secur-
ity declaration to mention any Eve
change in the Warsaw Pact orga-
nization supported earlier indica- Preview-"L
tions that Romania had thwarted purpose Ro
Soviet plans for the pact. The 1:30 p.m.
Russians wanted to establish a Dept. of
strong centralized command Mary T. Ro
The declaration called for abo- ern High s
lition of all military pacts but Slobodian,
recognized that nations of the Ld.erure.
Ad. C, Ane
North Atlantic Treaty Organiza-
+ tion might not be ready for this. Con
So it suggested "as a rational Sot.
step that an agreement should be From
reached, even at this stage, on
the liquidation of the military or-
ganization," of both NATO and
the Warsaw Pact.

Pact Cou


King OK's
Request for
Ri hts Talk
Endorses Summit
Meeting of Leaders
To Discuss Goals

Vietnamese General Advocates
Sending Army To Attack North

SAIGON (,')-While U.S. air
power held the spotlight, South
Viet Nam's chief of state advanc-
ed the idea yesterday of a ground
attack on the Communist North
to help wind up the war. He

that excludes destruction of North
Viet Nam-were giving the sug-
gestion any serious consideration.
Meanwhile, in Honolulu, Defense
Secretary Robest S. McNamara
concluded top secret war talks with
Pacific military commanders in
an attempt to solve the problem

of supplying American troops in
Viet Nam.
During their sessions behind
closed doors, McNama-ra and the
nilitary men . discussed ways of
getting supplies through South
Viet Nam's inadequate port facili-

CHICAGO (P)-Martin Luther didn't say whether he would ex-

King, Jr., endorsed yesterday the
idea of a summit conference of
civil rights leaders, but he mini-
mized the differences among them.
"The philosophical debate that
has emerged in the movement ne-
cessitates a meeting such as this,"
he said.
The purpose, as he defined it,
would be to determine "where we
go from here."
In Washington, it was announc-,
ed that Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-
NY) will lend support to efforts
for building an integrated Dem-
ocratic party in Mississippi, coun-
teracting the current swing to-
wards separate organization for
"black power."
Three House members-two of
them Southerners-will also join
in helping to raise funds for Mis-
sissippi youths who have organiz-
ed about 20 to 30 integrated Young
Democratic clubs in different
areas of their state.

pect allied troops to join in such
a venture.
"In order to finish the war, we
should envisage the destruction of
the enemy's installations," Lt.
Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu told
young Vietnamese officers gradu-
ating from the Thu Duc military
"We should include in this a
ground attack against North Viet
Nam, which is not impossible. The
landing of troops on enemy ter-
ritory will be carried out if nec-
essary in our self-defense to force
the invader to stop his plan of
action for conquest of all South-
east Asia and to preserve peace
for the entire world."
American authorities had no for-
mal comment on the remarks by
the normally inconspicuous fig-
urehead of Premier Nguyen Cao
Ky's government, but Washing-
ton's private reaction was dis-
tinctly cool. There was no indi-
cation U.S. officials-committed
to a policy of limited war aims

world News Rouutdu~p

By The Associated Press
States has welcomed India's call
for a Geneva peace conference on
Viet Nam and suggested a cease-
fire could be the fitst order of
business at such a conference.
Indian Prime Minister Indira
Ghandi had called for a truce
and a settlement based on with-
drawal of all troops from Viet
Nam and guarantees that Viet
Nam, Laos and Cambodia, the
former Indochina states, be assur-
ed of neutral and sovereign inde-
* * *
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamai-
can authorities have asked the
Castro government to pick up a
Cuban guard reported wounded
Thursday in the hijacking of a

plane by 12 Cubans who forced
the craft to land in Jamaica,
sources here said yesterday.
Unconfirmed rep~arts said six
men, a woman and five children
were aboard the plane that land-
ed on the former U.S. Air Force
base at Vernam Field about 30
miles southwest of Kingston.
m. A7

-Associated Press
rman soldiers yesterday began erecting a new prefabricated wall to replace the old one behind
erlin's Parliament building. An officer, hands behind his back, patrols the area between the
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