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Denouncing ‘secret prostitutes’ in late imperial St Petersburg

What was a secret prostitute and why did the tsarist police deem them so concerning? This viewpoint answers these questions by examining an anonymous denunciation of a woman living at 25 Bol’shoi Prospekt in St Petersburg that was sent to the city police in 1905.

The environment and its impact upon policing prostitution

Understandings of prostitution, and methods of policing it, hinged upon the social, economic, and environmental characteristics of a particular place. This viewpoint looks at how policing prostitution was influenced by the landscape and environment of Arkhangel’sk, a city just outside the Arctic Circle.

Policing prostitution in Russia’s First World War

The Russian imperial authorities struggled to regulate the bodies of its populace in the chaos, dislocation, and destruction of the First World War. This viewpoint explores this challenge using the case study of Evgeniia Trifonova, a woman who snuck into the military barracks at Krāslava disguised as a military nurse in order to sell sex.

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Brothel madams in the late Russian Empire

Brothel madams mediated between the police and women who sold sex, so they were essential for the functioning of the state regulation of prostitution. This viewpoint explores some of the responsibilities given to brothel madams working under the state regulation system.