La Serenissima stays clean
A fascinating survival of an official order issued by the city of Venice banning all foreign prostitutes from the city. The ban states that: “All foreign prostitutes who have moved to this city from places under this illustrious dominion, must leave immediately and within the next fifteen days; the penalty is the lashing from San Marco to Rialto; six months in prison; and a fine of 100 pizoli to be paid to the plaintiff [...]”. __ [Provveditori alla Sanità]. [An order banning all foreign prostitutes from Venice]. [Venice]. 18th July 1558.
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