“By 1910 sex trafficking came to be understood as a “principally Jewish activity”. Leon Malach, in a 1928 article for The Canadian Jewish Chronicle, colors the background:
“The first Jews to settle in the Argentine were, not to blink the facts, procurers, who came in the wake of the great European migration about fifty years ago. They enticed girls from the small towns of Eastern Europe into the Argentine and sold them into a life of vice. No wonder that the name “Buenos Aires” became a synonym for shame among the Jews of Eastern Europe or that it was a social stigma to admit to relatives in the Argentine.
These then were the Jewish pioneers of the Argentine: men who made no secret of their disgraceful trade and men who were, curiously enough, chauvinistically proud to call themselves Jews. Taking root in the new land and flourishing, they became wealthy, and with their families whom they brought from Europe established a community which took to itself all the aristocratic airs common to early settlers and first families the world over“.