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