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The World of Prostitution in Late Imperial Austria$
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Nancy M. Wingfield

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198801658

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198801658.001.0001

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The Trafficking Panic in Late Imperial Austria

The Trafficking Panic in Late Imperial Austria

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(p.171) 6 The Trafficking Panic in Late Imperial Austria
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The World of Prostitution in Late Imperial Austria
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Nancy M. Wingfield

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801658.003.0006

This chapter explores a variety of issues central to the turn-of-the-century Austrian panic over trafficking. They include anti-Semitism, Jews as protagonists and victims, and mass migration in an urbanizing world, as well as why particular Austrian cities were associated with the trade in women. The chapter analyzes the government’s domestic and international efforts to combat trafficking, as well as the role bourgeois reform organizations played. It explores the relationship between the trafficker and the trafficked, arguing that these women and girls were not simply victims, but sometimes willing participants, or something in between, in order to sketch a more nuanced picture of turn-of-the-century “white slaving.” The term “trafficker” is employed to reflect the way sources (the state, journalists, reform groups) viewed the issue, not because it can be proved that the problem was as widespread as they claimed.

Keywords:   anti-Semitism, Bukovina, Galicia, Jew, Mädchenhandel, migration, panic, trafficking, white slaving

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