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Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas

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Isabel Vincent's groundbreaking exploration brings to light a dark chapter in our recent history: the white slave trade and the international Jewish ... Show synopsis

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BruceHH

From Shtetl to Shithole

by BruceHH on Dec 31, 2012

Perhaps a more graphic subtitle would be 'From Shtetl to Shithole." Poverty, ignorance, hypocrisy and patriarchy facilitated(s) the brutalization of girls and young women. Abject poverty kept people ignorant allowing pimps to lure young girls with promises of jobs and/or marriages which later turned out to be shams. Often they would rape the girls and because they were 'ruined' their co-religionists would refuse to help in any way. The author provides a history of the crime organization know as Zwi Migdal and its eventual demise. While these women were avoided by their co-religionists, they nevertheless attempted to follow as much of its precepts as they could. Somehow the women were able to raise funds for their own 'synagogue' where no rabbi would officiate but they were able to get a cantor. A cemetery for Jewish prostitutes was procured by them and they performed the cleansing rituals for the deceased. Unfortunately, their is still trafficking in girls and young women despite international organizations attempts to end it.

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