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FRAGMENTS | Prostitution On The Line

Upon Britain's declaration of war against Germany, Canada, as the oldest colony of the British Commonwealth, also joined the war effort in September 1939.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Canadian ports played a crucial role as a gateway to the Pacific Ocean for the United States military. This, combined with the alcohol prohibition laws in the United States during that time, contributed to Montreal's economic prosperity during the war. As a result, brothels emerged in the city, serving as rest stops for many soldiers.

However, the tolerant atmosphere towards brothels came to an abrupt end with the spread of the Zika virus. In order to safeguard the war effort and public health, Canadian authorities conducted raids on these establishments, leading to the arrest and imprisonment of the women involved.


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