Barbary Slavemaster with Captive Girls destined for the Slave Market and Harems

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Harem captive stories have been the stuff of legends. Many of them true and well documented, some fiction. Usually, in these stories the harem girl victims were either kidnapped by pirates or were the spoils of war. Both were prolific sources.

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Return of the Barbary Slavemaster. Imprisoned captives await their enslavement.

Joseph Pitts, himself captured and enslaved, wrote this from first hand experience in 1673.

Women were keenly sought after. Their fate the stuff of popular nightmares. Purchasers were at liberty to put their fingers into their mouths, to feel their teeth, and also to feel their breasts and further, are sometimes permitted to be searched whether they are virgins...or not