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[May. 4th, 2008|06:58 pm]
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It has been estimated that 90% of women living in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876 were prostitutes. It was difficult for a woman to make a living in the American West, especially if she did not have the protection of a father or husband, and many single women turned to prostitution as their only option. According to historical accounts, Charlie Utter's famous wagon train of prostitutes arrived in Deadwood in 1876 to find miners lined up along the street and cheering their arrival. The women were accompanied by two madams who had chosen the professional names Madam Dirty Em and Madam Mustachio. Prostitution proved to be a thriving industry in the male dominated town of Deadwood and continued almost without interruption until the State's Attorney's Office closed the last four brothels in 1980.


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[User Picture]From: geminiwench
2008-05-05 05:11 am (UTC)
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Most mining towns had a woman per 80-100 men,... women who went there either started out as a wife of a person who went to prospect who were unaware of how dangerous it was for women and children, some women made money as laundresses, seamstresses, cooks and maids (think, ALL men!! Men all alone have a hard time feeding, clothing and cleaning themselves.. a woman who can cook can make some good money!... and some of those women realized they could charge more for sex AND it was less work) and some went to BE prostitutes knowing wherever there were more men then women, there was good business to be had.

In Western Society, even through to early America, any woman who worked was considered a "whore"... actress, laundress,.. a woman so poor she had to work lowly... she might as well BE a whore... so oftentimes old census information called every woman with a job a "prostitute" by occupation, which skewed numbers. But, when its not illegal and there are lonely men, there is LOTS of money to be made. "Prostitution", the use of this term how cultures view it has a fascinating history.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-05 05:16 am (UTC)
Very true. *nod*
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