DBD 02-11-2022: Devil's Island

In the mid-19th century, 15 incarcerated female prostitutes were assigned to Devil’s Island, an existing male penal colony off the coast of French Guiana. The hope was to rehabilitate the men by encouraging them to create families. The expirement failed as no families were created. However, they did create a booming rum-for-syphilis trade.


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