Finds from the Pound Basement – Congress on the White Slave Trade

Finds from the Pound Basement – Congress on the White Slave Trade

Deep in the basement of Pound Hall are a series of closed stacks belonging to the Law Library. The books that live there are generally inaccessible to library patrons and haven’t seen daylight in a very long time. Hidden among those collections are little gems that I’ll be sharing from time to time in a little series called Finds from the Pound Basement.

This week’s find is an 1899 report from the National Vigilance Association of London titled Congress on the White Slave Traffic. It contains reports from 12 European nations on the status of laws and governmental actions to quell what is today called sex trafficking. It has a very Victorian tone, but could provide rich background material for someone studying the history of and laws surrounding sex trafficking in Europe. The Olivart Call Number (found by selecting “other call number” as the search type in Hollis) is 133 4010. It’s wending its way to the Harvard Depository at the moment, so you may have to wait until next week to call it back.

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