Conference Proceeding: La Polaca – The Story of the Zwi Migdal

The Zwi Migdal was a group that operated between the 1860s and 1939 and trafficked Jewish women from the shtetls in Eastern Europe for sexual slavery and forced prostitution. The most important center was Buenos Aires, with connections in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Santos in Brazil, as well as South Africa, India and China. This session will be dedicated mainly to the story of the Zwi Migdal in Argentina. This organization reached its peak in the 1920s with 30,000 women in Argentina. Buenos Aires was cited as a haven for white slavers who were protected by the police and whose rules were "based on order, discipline and honesty". This network was well organized and their members cooperated in order to protect their interests.