As Mayor Woodruff and others had predicted, the more the city government tried to crack down on prostitution, the more it slid further out from the padlocked houses and onto the streets, cars and back alleys. While families like the Pryors no longer ran implicitly sanctioned brothels, young women were still being “turned out,” controlled by pimps, and turning tricks in Peoria. From the hindsight of the 1980s, Peoria’s earlier days of vice appeared to have a more romantic sheen to them, though alcohol and drug abuse, as well as persistent violence, were always a part of the life.