Until the early twentieth century, madams predominately ran the brothels, after which male pimps took over, and the treatment of the women generally declined.
The typical profile was a girl who came to Paris to make money so she could feed her family back on the farm somewhere in the countryside.
Hungry and unemployed, the girl often stumbled across a madame who would promise her shelter and warmth.
At the time of its creation, the Catholic Church banned the display of artistic nudes, so Goya's nude woman and its more modest counterpart, "The Clothed Maja," were never exhibited publicly during the artist's lifetime.
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Condoms existed but weren't mandatory.
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Prostitution was a dangerous career, with many women dying from childbirth or from venereal disease.