Prostitution in ancient Greece Employing female and occasionally males slaves for prostitution was common in the Hellenistic and Roman world. Ample references exist in literature, law, military reports and art. A prostitute slave or free existed outside the moral codex restricting sexuality in Greco-Roman society and enjoyed little legal protection.
See ancient Rome's law on rape as an example. Male intercourse with a slave was not considered adultery by either society. Asia[ edit ] During the Chinese domination of Vietnam , Vietnamese girls were sold as sex slaves to the Chinese. The Dutch missionary Antonius Hambroek , two of his daughters, and his wife were among the Dutch prisoners of war with Koxinga. Koxinga sent Hambroek to Fort Zeelandia demanding he persuade them to surrender or else Hambroek would be killed when he returned.
Hambroek returned to the Fort, where two of his other daughters were. He urged the Fort not to surrender, and returned to Koxinga's camp. He was then executed by decapitation, and in addition to this, a rumor was spreading among the Chinese that the Dutch were encouraging the native Taiwan aboriginals to kill Chinese, so Koxinga ordered the mass execution of Dutch male prisoners in retaliation, in addition to a few women and children also being killed.
The surviving Dutch women and children were then turned into slaves. Koxinga took Hambroek's teenage daughter as a concubine,    and Dutch women were sold to Chinese soldiers to become their wives, the daily journal of the Dutch fort recorded that "the best were preserved for the use of the commanders, and then sold to the common soldiers. Happy was she that fell to the lot of an unmarried man, being thereby freed from vexations by the Chinese women, who are very jealous of their husbands.
Gone-to-China" but actually meaning Ms. Gone Abroad" were Japanese girls and women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who were trafficked from poverty stricken agricultural prefectures in Japan to destinations in East Asia , Southeast Asia , Siberia Russian Far East , Manchuria , and British India to serve as prostitutes and sexually serviced men from a variety of races, including Chinese, Europeans, native Southeast Asians, and others.
They were often sent to Western colonies in Asia where there was a strong demand from Western military personnel and Chinese men. Some Korean women claim that these cases should be judged by an international tribunal as child sex violence. The legal demand has been made because of the victims' anger at what they see as the inequity of the existing legal measures and the denial of Japan's involvement in child sex slavery and kidnapping.
They demand that Japan and Korea did not seek both the legal recognition of their claim and the revision of Japanese history textbooks. Slavery in the Ottoman Empire Slave trade, including trade of sex slaves,  fluctuated in certain regions in the Middle East up until the 20th century. Concubinage and reproduction served as incentives for importing female slaves often European , though many were also imported mainly for performing household tasks. In English-speaking countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the phrase "white slavery" was used to refer to sexual enslavement of white women.
It was particularly associated with accounts of women enslaved in Middle Eastern harems , such as the so-called Circassian beauties. Leger Eberle , a controversial sculpture meant to depict modern western sexual enslavement.
Moral panic over the "traffic in women" rose to a peak in England in the s. At the time, "white slavery" was a natural target for defenders of public morality and crusading journalists. The ensuing outcry led to the passage of antislavery legislation in Parliament. Parliament passed the Criminal Law Amendment Act , raising the age of consent from thirteen to sixteen in that year.
It also banned the interstate transport of females for immoral purposes. Its primary intent was to address prostitution and immorality. Immigration inspectors expressed frustration at the ineffectiveness of questioning in determining if a European woman was a prostitute, and claimed that many were "lying" and "framing skillful responses" to their questions.
They were also accused of negligence should they accept a fictitious address from an immigrant or accept less-than-complete responses. Inspector Helen Bullis investigated several homes of assignment in the Tenderloin district of New York, and found brothels existed in the early 20th century in New York City. She compiled a list of houses of prostitutes, their proprietors, and their "inmates".
In a report by the Commissioner General of Immigration in , the Commissioner said that many prostitutes would intentionally marry American men to secure citizenship. He said that for prostitutes, it was "no difficult task to secure a disreputable citizen who will marry a prostitute" from Europe.