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1200s – Castile Regulates Prostitution

Alfonso IX[‘s]… ([Castilian] ruler 1188-1230)… regulations about prostitution are among the earliest in Europe. In a section of code… he concentrated on those who profited from prostitutes…. Those involved in selling prostitutes were to be exiled from the kingdom; lan[d]lords who rented rooms to prostitutes were to have their houses impounded and also pay a fine; brothelkeepers had to free the women found in their brothels… and find them husbands or else suffer the possibility of execution; husbands who prostituted their wives were to be executed; and pimps were to be flogged for a first offense, and if they persisted were to be sent to the galleys as convicts. Women who supported pimps were to be publicly whipped and have the clothes they wore destroyed.”