Narratives of Sexual Consent and Coercion: Forced Prostitution Trials in Progressive-Era New York City

  title={Narratives of Sexual Consent and Coercion: Forced Prostitution Trials in Progressive-Era New York City},
  author={Brian Donovan and Tori Barnes-Brus},
  journal={Law \&\#x0026; Social Inquiry},
  pages={597 - 619}
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