Last updated on: 8/28/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

1751 – Chastity Commission in Vienna

In 1751 Empress Maria Theresa established the Chastity Commission at Vienna which lasted until her son, Emperor Joseph II, abolished it. “Its object was indeed not only to suppress prostitution, but fornication generally, and the means adopted were fines, imprisonment, whipping and torture. The supposed causes of fornication were also severely dealt with; short dresses were prohibited, billiard rooms and cafes were inspected and no waitresses were allowed.”