White slavery

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White slavery is a 19th century term for a form of slavery involving the sexual abuse of women held as captives and forced into prostitution.

Although this form of abuse did occur in reality (and still does: see the article sexual slavery for this topic), the name "white slavery" is usually used to refer to the original use of the term in a moral panic in late 19th century and early 20th century United States, where there was a perception that this form of abuse was a danger to every young woman. In this moral panic, the selected scapegoats were Chinese immigrants, who were stereotyped and demonized as white slavers (eg: Thoroughly Modern Millie).

Such accusations have also been frequently applied against Jewish men and appear in a great deal of anti-Semitic propaganda.

White slavery did not originally refer to race; in modern usage, however, it often refers to the sexual slavery of white women by non-white men.

The term white slavery is also used in revisionist and white supremacy literature to refer to any slavery of people with light skin.

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