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Thanks so much to Casey of Elegant Musings: Creativity & Vintage Style for allowing me to borrow this spectacular vintage (late 50s/early 60s) sailor-styled nautical dress!!!! It fit like a dream (and I felt like I was in a dream while wearing it). For those of you who don’t know about Casey, she is married to a Navy man whom she always calls “Sailor Husband” on her blog. Find out more about sailors & other branches of US military for some semi-modern slavery history below!
[orchid hairclip from my sponsor Lila-Jo]
I was informed while watching the clips that the women were very young (some under 18, some older and up through their 30s) and that they had to have sex with up to 50-100 men EVERY DAY (they didn’t get rest time either). I don’t know about you, but that would leave a woman in a lot of pain, especially because some of these men that go to prostitutes are rough and expect them to serve them however they pay for. The women in these brothels were usually forced into their work, and this is before Hawaii became a state of the US, so it’s not as if they were “serving their country”. According to a book called The First Strange Place: The Alchemy of Race and Sex in World War II Hawaii, women were hired as “entertainers” and were paid and made their own money, however many of the brothels were run by madams and pimps who made sure that they got their money instead, so most of these women were held as prisoners/slaves (while others may not have been) and were often beaten if they didn’t serve these men sex (didn’t matter if they were sick, had their periods, or were pregnant – no days off). Of course now Honolulu has never been the same and people continue to go there for sex tourism. They want to legalize prostitution there which really only legalizes abuse. Human trafficking is a big problem there today.
Also some of our troops during WWII who were stationed in Liberia were actually in an area where two brothels were put up specifically for our 2,100 soldiers to take advantage of. How wonderful, right?
Personal US Family history here, so I’m being really open right now and tell you this in my sadness. My mom’s father who was stationed in England during WWII bragged often about how he would have sex with women in prostitution in display windows in the red light districts there. It was very common for soldiers in those times to be encouraged for “leisure pleasure” from women while away from home to help keep their minds at ease. Yet because my grandfather was involved with such things, he had a lot of sick sexual issues in his life that I won’t go into, but he was a sex addict and the military encouraged it (he was really young when in the military and wasn’t married to my grandmother yet, but goodness did he put her through hell).
My dad fought in the Vietnam war. I have asked him dozens of times about his experiences and knowledge of men in the military who went to prostitutes (he used to ignore me but I’m relentless). He was one of the men involved with them. He was drafted to Vietnam through Army Special Forces when he was 20. When I was a child he would joke in front of my family that men would put bags over women’s heads and then pay for sex with them (and I was horrified at this then and the image haunts my brain and heart). If a woman was unattractive to them, they’d do this just so they could have sex with her and not be distracted by her face. My father told me that he went into a brothel and was embarrassed, saw a line of girls (teenagers) and men were picking their girls out to spend the night with. My dad chose one and he felt badly sometimes afterwards that she needed money (not knowing that these girls never got to keep their money EVER) that he kept going to her out of pity. Very sad in my opinion, but my father is not the man he used to be and I am really thankful for his openness!!! This is partly why I long to adopt from Vietnam (in a way to pay “penance” for my father’s sins and because there are more females born in that country than boys and mainly all sold into sexual slavery. I want to save ONE away from that if possible. For all I know I have half-siblings and nieces or nephews or even great-nieces/nephews out there since my half-siblings would probably be in their 40s if they’re alive).
You’re thinking now, “You seem to hate the military of the past for what they did, What about the military today???” This is what is so wonderful!! I have talked to many people who have been in in the military since Desert Storm (my dad knows loads of military men), and they have been educated about human trafficking every year in their training and told they are not to be involved with prostitutes or they can and WILL be dishonorably discharged. I have read some news articles in the past few years that disciplined those soldiers who disobeyed. Most war zones are known for having prostitutes in them, and therefore our military are to not abuse any of them (since they are educated that these women are more than likely forced into it against their wills). I am really glad our military has cleaned up so much when they used to be so horrible with such issues. Let’s take a moment to applaud our troops (like Casey’s sailor husband)!!!!