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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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Sex in the New Republic

Sex in the New Republic

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(p.311) Chapter 10 Sex in the New Republic
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The Devil's Chain
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Keely Stauter-Halsted

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454196.003.0011

This chapter describes three conditions in Poland's commercial sex industry during the war and in the early years of the new Republic that motivated initiatives that would introduce new statutes to resolve the dangers of the sex trade. First, there had been an increasing number of women turning to the sex trade. Second, there had been heightened concerns about depopulation and the overall vitality of the new state's citizenry prompted by the eugenics impact of the war. Lastly, there had been a high cost of caring for venereal patients—many of them full-time or part-time prostitutes—which was borne by the local municipality in the new state.

Keywords:   sex trade, commercial sex, eugenics, citizenry, venereal patients, depopulation, sex industry

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