Class condemnation through film: Traffic in Souls and White Prostitution Films in the early 1900s

by Emilie Egger White slave films like Traffic in Souls (Universal 1913) were all the rage in the early Progressive Era in the United States. White slavery (forced prostitution of immigrants) was a topic of great concern during this time and in the years before World War I, became the focus of both government and non-government moral panic. While legislators pushed laws condemning the forced … Continue reading Class condemnation through film: Traffic in Souls and White Prostitution Films in the early 1900s