Sex Work

Your Community vs. the Prostitution Racket ; Who Gets the Prostitution Dollar? ; Silver dollar split into sections like a pie chart

Who Gets the Prostitution Dollar? 

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Sex Work

Prostitutes were viewed as both corruptors and victims. Anti-prostitution reformers often perceived and categorized them as either “wise” and beyond help or “innocent” and still worth saving.  They also connected prostitution to low pay for young women working in factories or stores, and viewed sex work as trafficking systems of profit and exploitation. 

Who Gets the Prostitution Dollar?, 1949

American Social Health Association records

Social Welfare History Archives

The Illustrated Police News: Law-Courts and Weekly Record ; drawing of men and women gathered around a table in a parlor at a hotel and a women holding a champagne bottle stands on the table as it collapses ; New York Bloods and Belles

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The Illustrated Police News

May 5 1877, Volume 22, Issue 549

Hess Collection

Children's Literature Research Collections

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