Illegal prostitution in post-war Italy
Italy was occupied by the Allied forces between 1943 and 1954 and relations between the American soldiers (Gls) and the Italian prostitutes (called ‘segnorine’) were prohibited. The prohibition facilitated the proliferation of an illegal sex market. Italian prostitutes were targeted by Italian society because of their relations with the occupying forces and became victims of racist attacks as they also accepted Afro-American clients. The EU-funded Sex War-k project will study these cases and the interaction between gender and race in post-WW II Italy. It will also review the transcontinental role of sexist and discriminatory stereotypes. Finally, it will determine the identity barriers that conditioned how each side (American soldiers, Italians) saw the other.
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