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Essays in War-Time Havelock Ellis

Essays in War-Time

Havelock Ellis

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It is not even clear that all those who have talked about the White Slave Traffic have been quite sure what they meant by the term. Some people, indeed, have seemed to think that it meant prostitution in general. That is, of course, an absurd misapprehension. We are concerned with a trade which flourishes on prostitution, but that trade is not itself the trade or (as some prefer to call it) the profession of prostitutes. Indeed, the prostitute, under ordinary conditions and unharrassed by persecution, is in many respects anything but a slave. She is much less a slave than the ordinary married woman.