Five principal areas of possible State involvement were examined by the Committee, namely:
A. Routes by which girls and women entered the Laundries;
B. Regulation of the workplace and State inspections of the Laundries;
C. State funding of and financial assistance to the Laundries (including
contracts for laundry services);
D. Routes by which girls and women left the Laundries;
E. Death registration, burials and exhumations.
In each of these areas, the Committee found evidence of direct State involvement.
So now, no doubt, the hand-wringing, the finger pointing, and the buck-passing will begin. They should just spare us all and:
1. Say sorry;
2. Pay the women or their heirs meaningful compensation;
3. Take real steps to make sure that this kind of thing never happens again.