More from Siobhán Hearne
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.
Hotel raids and forced registration on the police lists of prostitutes in early twentieth-century Riga
This viewpoint explores the forced registration of women onto the Russian Empire’s police lists of prostitutes in the early 1900s. In Riga, forced registration commonly occurred in the city’s hotels, and can be read as official attempts to kick back against perceived moral decline amidst urbanisation, industrialisation, and modernisation.
Brothels in the late Russian Empire
Brothels were everywhere in urban centres of the Russian Empire, and reactions to them were complicated and varied. This viewpoint focuses on one street in Vilnius in the early 1900s to examine the complex relationships between landlords, brothel madams, and the tsarist police.