This volume contains Rifat Bali’s study of the Jewish place in Istanbul’s nineteenth-century sex trade as well as three contemporary accounts of the practice.
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Rifat Bali’s study of Jewish prostitution in the Ottoman Empire is the first major academic study of the Ottoman sex-trade. Bali’s focus on the Jewish participation in prostitution tells part of this story, which also includes Greek, Armenian and European protagonists. Foreign Jews in Istanbul controlled the ‘white slavery’ business in Istanbul during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a situation which Bali is the first to have studied. This book contains an article by Bali on the Jewish place in the Istanbul sex trade as well as three contemporary documents relating to prostitution and Jews in the Ottoman Empire. The first document is a 1914 report by S. Cohen, head of an association set up for the protection of Jewish girls. Second is an article by Charles Riggs, an American missionary, on prostitution in the capital. Finally, Bali presents a pamphlet written about a slave trader, Michael Salomonovich.