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Imprissonment in the old times.
In Europe life sentences were given for even minor offences

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Germany 17īth century.
Heidiīs confessor had felt forbidden feelings when looking at her in the church.
He told his bishop about his problem.  It was decided,to lock poor Heidi up for life, as the devil must have taken residence in her sinfull body.  As extra punishment she was to wear a spiked punishment collar.  Nobody could see anything wrong in doing so, and if someone did, he or she would keep quiet.  Nobody outside the prison ever heard from her again.

Been born rich, or having been so lucky as from natureīs hand to be provided with a stunning body, or a brilliant brain,  has through time proved not to have been a guarantee for a happy life in the sunshine.  
Politics, religious fanaticism, family affairs,  jealousy, strict moral laws or pure unluck has transformed many good lifes into a life in pain, need and misery

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She goes to trial
18īth century

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Germany in the 16īth century. 


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A rich noble woman visits a prisoner.  It is one of her former maids. She often accused her servants for stealing from her.  This one, she said, had stolen a ring.  In her lifetime a half a dozen of her maids ended up dying in prison.

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 Noble girl.
A victim of politics.
17īth century

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A young womanīs life is on stake. 
An insignificant checker in a trial about heresy.

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"No ! - Come back ! - Donīt leave me here !
I will do anything to please you !"
An nobleman dismisses his mistress.. 

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Torture in Germany in the 16īth century.


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After the torture. 
 Germany 16īth century.

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She rejected the noblemanīs advances. 
Now she is facing her first night in the cellar. 

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She still has a good looking body, the jailor thinks.  But she has only been a prisoner for a few weeks until now.   In two or three years she will look quite different. 

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"Here is something to eat, little thiefs." 

Pia waits a moment, until the dry bread has sucked up some of the dirty water, before she with a practised movement, picks it up with her dissolved feet.  She finds it much easier to do it, while the cell is still lightened by the jailors torch.   Her sister Lisa, on the other hand, always turns her back and tries to hide her female attributes, until the jailor has left them to the pitch-darkness again.  Then she can use hours, trying to find the crumbled pieces with her toes, among all the filth drifting around. 


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"Wake up - sluts ! We canīt having you strangling yourselfs, while you sleep ! " 

In the next cell are 3 girls.  They too are straining to keep standing up in the filth filled water. 

All the basement cells are connected together with a small barred openning at the floor, so the water is kept in the same level in all of the cells. 


5 years ago. 
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"Your father has not paid, so 
now you are going into a real prison !" 

Heidiīs parents had gone bankrupt. 
To keep them and her brothers out of trouble, Heidi volunteered to go into the debtors' prison instead of them.  But after a few days, they all fleed the country, leaving their depts and Heidi behind them.


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Heidi in her prison cell 5 years later. 

This was something very different from the more comfortable deptors-prison, where she had been allowed both clothing and real food, and where she had expected to spend only a few weeks in chains, and not the rest of her life.  


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"I confess ! - Please tell the judge I confess.  I took the money without my husbands permission !"
Not able to stand sitting in the stocks in the dark and damp cellar anymore, Marlene, even completely innocent, has become ready to confess anything to get out of there. 


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Contented with Marleneīs confession, the judge had her transfered to a more comfortable cell.  
Here she stayed the rest of her life. 

Her crime?  She had married a handsome young man, not knowing he was a gambler.  When confronted with the fact, that a large amount of the family means was missing, he accused his young wife of stealing it. 


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French prostitute after arrest 
18īth  century

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Young thief.
She stole a bread.

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France in the 15`th century. 

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France in the 12īth century.


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Chained to a wall 
 France 17īth century

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"Well, well - So you thought, you could say no to me!"

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In the 13īth century. 
A young woman is brought to her first interrogation. 

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Four months later on her way to the Court to receive her final sentence. 


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19īth century England. 
Just being poor could resulted in being grabed by the police in the streets and send to the treadmills.

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Punished for laziness.

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Worse than the treadmills, was to ge send to the mines. 
Once there, only very few ever saw the sun again. 

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Not only people who were born poor risked ending up in the mines. 
This picture shows the Wolverton sisters.  In 1780 both their parents
died in a carriage accident.
An uncel and an aunt were assigned to be their guardians, and administer their large fortune, until the girls became of age.   At the time the eldest sister became 25, all the fortune was gone, and only depts remained.  The creditors couldnīt tuch the uncel and the aunt, as they had protected themselfs legally against any claims.  

One early morning the two young women were fetched by a carrige, and were driven to a coal mine.
Registers shows that five years later, they were still alive working in the mine. 
What happened later, nobody outside the mine knows.


In the early days of colonization most of the slaves, were white people. 

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"Keep those hands up stupid wench !"

This Irish girl was deported to the West Indies in the late 1700īth.  Put on display, she had to stand for hours, while holding her heavy irons up.  This was so she should fetch a better price, by showing her strength.  She was at the end of the day, sold to a plantation owner to be used as a labourer. 




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"Please listen to me!  This is a mistake!"
Spain 17 century 

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Beggar girl deported to hard labour. 
 Spain 17īth century.

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Transport to the bagnes for hard labor

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She was declared insane.
Now her brother alone inheritated the estate.

The Spanish Inquisition

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The Spanish Inquisition. 

Waiting ! 

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The victims were held in pain to save their souls.


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Some had to wait for many months in the cellars. 


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This Spanish girl had to wait 6 months before her sentence was carried out. 


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A monk-confessor visits a victim in the inguisitionīs prison in the 16īth century


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Inquisitorial torture.

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Torches were often used for long-term interrogations of the poor victims. 


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After the verdict the victims were sometimes forced to wait for weeks, suffering from their burns, and from thirst and hunger, before their execution.



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At last months of pain is about to be over. 
She had been arrested for being an atheist. 
The monks and nuns had not tortured her of cruelty.  They had done it, because they believed, it would save her soul from hell. 


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Some, like this girl, were kept in the dark dungeons for years, without knowing when it would be their turn. 

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"Wake up bitch!  I have good new for you. 
You will be burned tomorrow!" 

Others were brought to the stake only a few days after their convictions. 

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Nina tries to enjoy the sun and the fresh air.
It was six months since she last saw it. 
In half an hour it will be all over. 

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The inguisition never slept .
While Nina was still burning on the stake,
a new girl was already stretched on the rack.

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Trying tyo sleep. 

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One more day has gone.

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"We know you have confessed.  But
now we want you to confess again, so we
can be sure, you havnīt lied !"

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After one week.

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"Stop screaming and tell us the truth !"

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A sensible girl. 
She told them straight away, 
what they wanted to hear ! 

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She wouldnīt give up ! 
Even at this point, she still tried to free herself, 
but the chains were to strong. 

Sold to the Turks.
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"They are not worth much, but
load them into the wagon." 

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Facing a very different life, 
from what she was brought up to! 

an slave girls. 
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This  muscular hard labor slave girl belonged to a craftsman. 
Aware of her strength, her owner always keept her locked in the stocks, when she was not working. 

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Her decadent mistress became jealous of her beauty.
 Instead of simply selling her, 
she had her thrown into prison. 

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This new slave from Britain did not fetch a reasonable price at her first auction.  She now awaits the next weeks auction.  If she is not sold then... ! 


In some states in the USA in the 19īth century, 
 young women and girls could get very long prison sentences for even minor offences, such as walking in the streets alone after dark, being a stubborn child, having run away from home, lewd behaviour, caught mastubating, or simply been seen kissing.  In some incidents just being a beautiful young girl, catching to much attention from the males in a small town, was enough to be seized by the local marshall in the street or at home, and receive an one way ticket into prison. 

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When the cell door was opened, this girl, imprisoned for lewd behaviour against the local priest,  crouched together blushing, trying to hide her nakedness. 

The matron told laughing, that the silly bimbo on the other hand claimed, it was the priest, who had tried to commit an offence against her!  So she had got 5 years extra for lying on top of the 25 years, she already had got.

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Heather Langly talked back one time to many to her teachers.
In spite of her parents protests, she was confined to the state prison as an toublesome youth.  Not been able to keep her mouth shut there either, she was fitted with a iron gag, and with her hands tied to it on her back, she was thrown into a punishment cell.


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Punished for talking back to her mistress, this young black servant girl was also, like Heather, sentenced to wear the iron gag.  Even it was long after 1864 and slavery officially was abolished, she, without ever been sentenced for any violation of any law, only on her mistresses demand, had to stay in prison until her death.


In the madhouses the conditions could be even worse.
Those who were not insane, when they arrived, without doubt became it after some years.


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This girl was locked into the chair. 
It was not unormal, that patients was locked permantly into it  like this for years.  They were feed with gruel once a day, and in the seat was a hole, under which stood a bucked for their waistes.


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Another apparatus to keep patiens calm, was this wooden stock.  This was unbelievably also meant to be worn permantly.

In this case it was used together with a gag, as the staff had become tirred of constantly hearing the girl pleading her sanity, and crying and begging to be released.

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Two girls help each other. 

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This young woman was a prominent patient. 
To keep it a secret, who she was, she spended her life  alone in a cell in the basement.


These 3 pictures shows Susan Pinewood:

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2 days after she was taken to the madhouse


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Susan after 2 years


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After 4 years.
Now real insane of pain and need, wearing the punishment belt filled with nails. 


In the 1870īth, Susan Pinewood was a wellknown young woman in the higher society, highly admired for her beauty and wit,  and was one of three lawful successors to a very large commercial firm.   Then suddently Susan vanished from the publicity.  Her elder brother and sister told anybody, who asked, that their sister had gone to Europe to get married.  In the reality they had had her committed to the madhouse only a week before her 25īth birthday, when she would have become of age, and should have inherited her part of the fortune. 

Durring all the many years, she was confined behind the thick walls, until her death as 47, she was locked into a heavy wooden stock.  Because she would not admit, she was crazy, and accused the doctors for being corrupt, she was regulary punished with hunger, lashes from a leather whip, and was  often bound with a thick belt filled with pointed nails, which inflicted her a lot of pain, and prevented her from getting any rest or sleep in up to a week at a time. 

In an American prison
for women in the 1980īth.

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A veiw from the punishment cells. 
 New long time prisoners always begane their sentences with a week in a punishment cell, as an introduction to their new life in prison.  This was also where they would end up if unruly.  They could be put there up to 6 month at a time.  Their days were divided into 12 hours chained to 2 rings in the floor, and 12 hours standing or walking about, in which they were not allowed to sit or lie down.  If they did so anyway, their senteces were prolonged. 

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Another negress in handcuffs.

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Punished for making fun in the prison.

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In the punishment cell.

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Chile,  political prisoner 1974. 


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Stolen lifes!  Young girls expelled from their families.  Mostly for moral offences. 
Once inside, the institution will never let go of them again.

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Two beautiful young blonds, pass each other in the street.  
They are of the same age, and only a few feet separates  them, but fate has given them two very different lifes.  One wears expencive clothes, jewellery and fine shoes.  The other a coarse prison dress, chains and has been barefooted for years.   One smells of perfume, the other of old sweat and dirt.  

The girl on the chain gang, Jane, recognize at once the expensively dressed young woman.  It is her former room mate and best friend at
college.  Susan, on the other hand, donīt as much as look in her direction.  Jane keeps her mouth shut.  She donīt want Susan, or any other of her old friends to see her like this, a smelly slave in chains.  She also knows, she will be punished very hard, if she is seen talking to anyone in the streets.  How could this ever have happened to her ?   She is so ashamed.  She had been so naiv.  Why had she agreed to carry her boy friends bag through the customs, that horrible day so long ago. 

Unlucky immigrant workers.

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Many young girls from East Asia and the Philippines tries to get work abroad as house maids or factory workers, so they can earn some money, they can send back home to their families. 

For the most it goes well, but for other
s, specially those who try to seek their fortune in
undemocratic countries with a low opinion concerning women, it sometimes goes disasteres.   

If they canīt pay the bribes to the police and immigration officers, they are simply thrown into prison until somebody pays for them.  If nobody do ----- ! 

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 Please God, let one in my family win the lottery ! 

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As long as the relatives send some money, the girls are at least allowed a cell with some sunlight
 and freash air. 

But if the family donīt pay !
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"Useless bitch - You go down to the basement now !" 

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Once in the basement cells, there is no way out again.  The hatch is only openned once a day, so the guard can throw some rotten food into the cell.  

Newest pictures: 
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"Dirty slut ! 
 You better clean up after your self. 
Use your tongue !" 

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Long long days in solitary. 

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The Inquisition.

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Being prepared for the Inquisition.

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Punishment cell in an old American prison.



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In a prison in South-East Asia: 

Sabine, a young blond French tourist, gasps for air, as the door to the punishment cell at last is opened.

Collective punishments are common.  If one prisoner breack the rules, all are punished. 

An evening, Sabine had been tempted by a local guy, she had met, to try to smoke a joint on the beach.   The police came.  Her new boyfriend got off by paying the police.  Sabine got 25 years in prison. 

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Stocks in Germany in the old times.

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Russia in the 1930īth. 
A girl after interrogation in one of Stalin`s prisons.  Tomorrow she will be interrogated again. 

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Hidden experiments:  
Girls used for
long-term clinical trials of new drugs.  Those who are to be examined by the doctor today, are standing with their hands tied to the hooks. Ready for the needles.