Victorian Brothels and birching

Victorian Brothels, flogging & birching

Often we try to compare Victorian era brothel behavior with modern bdsm. I think we have to admit that it represents a part of our past but must recognize it’s dirty and ugly side as well. One can truly say, from the description below, that the behavior in the brothels didn’t fit into today’s concept of safe, sane, and the activities were  NOT consensual.

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However it is a part of our Past.

Mary Jeffries ran the most exclusive brothel in the “Victorian Era.” Her chief assistant was a Mrs. Travers. She kidnapped children by offering to watch them while the parents went to gather luggage or buy tickets. Jeffries catered to nobility. “There was no form of sexual vice for which this murderess did not cater” (Terrot, 1960, p.91). Stead (Tenot, 1960, p.54), writing for the Pall Mall Gazette, described one of her houses,

“Flogging or birching goes on in brothels to a much greater degree than is generally believed. One of Mrs. Jeffrles’ rooms was fitted up like a torture chamber… There were rings in the ceiling for hanging women and children up by the wrists, ladders for strapping them down at any angle, as well as the ordinary stretcher to which the victim is fastened so as to be unable to move. The instruments of flagellation included the ordinary birch, whips, holly branches and wire-thonged cat-o’-nine-tails.”

Terrot, C. (1960), Traffic in Innocents: The Shocking story of white slavery in England, New York E. P. Dutton & Co,. Inc

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