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Restrictions and outright violence led to the loss of the little control workers had over their work.

In addition to this, in 1918, the Chamberlain-Kahn Act made it so that any woman found to have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) would be quarantined by the government. By 1915 under this act, prostitutes, or those perceived to be prostitutes could be stopped, inspected, and detained or sent to a rehabilitation facility if they were found to test positive for any venereal disease.

Furthermore, the vast majority of academic literature on sex work focuses on prostitution, and to a lesser extent, exotic dancing; there is little research on other forms of sex work.

These findings cannot necessarily be generalized to other forms of sex work.

The original purpose of this act was to stop the spread of venereal diseases among U. During the World War I, an estimated 3,000 women were detained and examined.

The state had made sex workers into legal outcasts. Film and later the Internet provided new opportunities for sex work.

Sex work, in many different forms, has been practiced since ancient times.Laws against lewdness and sodomy were used in an attempt to regulate sex work.Red-light districts formed in the 19th century in major cities across the country in an attempt by sex workers to find spaces where they could work, isolated from outside society and corresponding stigma.Ambiguity in the law allowed for prostitutes to challenge imprisonment in the courts.Through these cases prostitutes forced a popular recognition of their profession and defended their rights and property.


Despite its prevalence, attitudes towards prostitutes were negative and many times hostile.

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