This was originally published on Pessimists Archive.
In the early days of photography enterprising women were selling sexy pics to men – just as they do today via Onlyfans today.
164 years ago an article titled ‘Abuse of Photography’ reported on a Paris police bust and arrest of two men and eight women for trading in ‘obscene photographs.’
The prosecutor stated the women were making so much money that fines were feckless and “would certainly be paid by their admirers” – so he sentenced the “more or less pretty” women to jail time. The story would appear in papers around the world.