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This exhibit examines the intersection of policing and a prostitute's social class, comparing nineteenth-century Paris and the twenty-first century United States. From lower-class streetwalkers to upscale private escorts, the social stratification of prostitutes has influenced the likelihood of and manner in which a sex worker faces prosecution, both historically and cross-culturally. This inconsistency can be attributed to a number of different factors, including cultural stigma, relative visibility, and the agenda of law enforcement officials.
This exhibit will examine the origins of prostitution regulation in 19th century Paris in order to show the ways in which the regulation of prostitution is a means to govern class through crime.