So, What’s This White Slavery Thing?

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In this episode, Seth and JJ break down white slavery--the history, the reasoning, and the myths that continue to be present in the field of modern human trafficking. Listen in for a lot of nuances about eotic service provision, JJ yelling about exploitation films (and penny dreadfuls) from the 1920s, and a deep dive into US laws. Where does the “myth” of white slavery come from, and how has it persisted? Bonus points: we take on “Taken” once again. Sources: Doezema, Jo. "Loose women or lost women? The re-emergence of the myth of white slavery in contemporary discourses of trafficking in women." Gender issues 18, no. 1 (1999): 23-50. Donovan, Brian. White slave crusades: race, gender, and anti-vice activism, 1887-1917. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006. Keire, Mara L. "The vice trust: A reinterpretation of the White slavery scare in the United States, 1907-1917." Journal of Social History 35, no. 1 (2001): 5-41. Grittner, Frederick K. White slavery: myth, ideology, and American law. Vol. 11. Dissertations-G, 1990. The Inside of the White Slave Traffic (1913) A Silent Film Review, Movies Silently The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon I: the Report of our Secret Commission, W.T. Stead Resource Site Poster for the 1913 film Traffic in Souls., Wikipedia Sharma, Nandita. "Anti-trafficking rhetoric and the making of a global apartheid." NWSA Journal (2005): 88-111. Soderlund, Gretchen. Sex Trafficking Scandal and the Transformation of Journalism, 1885-1917, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. Weitzer, Ronald. "The movement to criminalize sex work in the United States." Journal of Law and Society 37, no. 1 (2010): 61-84.

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