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The Devil's ChainProstitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland$
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Keely Stauter-Halsted

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801454196

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801454196.001.0001

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The Devil’s Chain

The Devil’s Chain

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The Devil's Chain

Keely Stauter-Halsted

Cornell University Press

This chapter argues that one of the most overwrought themes in Polish prostitution narratives is the image of Jews dominating overseas trade in women. Unlike domestic prostitution, which was perceived as an ethnically heterogeneous enterprise, the business of transporting women abroad to work in foreign brothels was marked as a Jewish practice. If consular documents, police transcripts, as well as court testimonies were any indication, the vast majority of suspected traffickers and most of those convicted and imprisoned for coerced migration were Jews. Leading Polish antiprostitution activists made no secret of their assumptions that Jews were central to sex trafficking operations.

Keywords:   Polish prostitution, domestic prostitution, Jewish practice, Jews, Polish antiprostitution activists, sex trafficking

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