Old Wives' Tales
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Legend: A bride kidnapped on her honeymoon turns up years later as a mutilated freak in a sex show.
Example: [Brunvand, 1988]
Origins: You have to admit this is a showstopper of a horror legend. Other legends specific to the Japanese include elements of this form of abduction: for instance, young women are routinely cautioned by their friends against shopping in particular stores as "they have trapdoors in the dressing rooms; they kidnap young girls and sell them as
White slavery legends pop up all over the world, usually presented as this one especially good-looking woman becoming separated from the rest of her tour group in some far off exotic locale and never being seen again. (In some versions, her clothes are later discovered, but she's no longer in them.)
Though charges of out-and-out kidnapping have yet to be supported, it does appear women are lured into overseas prostitution by way of incredible job offers. A recent case in the news bears this out. In 1997, Shannon Marketic, a former Miss U.S.A., filed a
Marketic claimed she accepted a deal from a
Barbara "Mom always said to beware of sheiks baring stiffs" Mikkelson
Last updated: 26 August 2005
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