Destination: Alexandria, Buenos Aires, Constantinople: The ‘White-Slavers’ of Bukowina and Galicia in Late Imperial Austria

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Nancy Wingfield

Northern Illinois University, USA

October 11, 2010 / 5.00 pm

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Professor Nancy Wingfield discussed "white-slave" trafficking in the last decades of the Habsburg Monarchy. The focus was on both the traffickers and the trafficked in Bukovina and Galicia, the two poorest provinces of Austria and the site of much of the alleged movement of women. Although these women, who were overwhelmingly young and poverty-stricken, have long been considered to have lacked agency, a closer examination of the situation reveals a more nuanced picture.

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Nancy Wingfield

is professor of History at Northern Illinois University (USA). At present, she is doing research for a book-length project on prostitution in late imperial Austria.