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Marking someone’s body through tattooing, branding and /or cutting as a way to show ownership, to inflict punishment or to degrade a person has been done throughout history. European’s branded the African people they stripped from their homes and sold to other Europeans or colonial cotton and tobacco farmers in America.
In France of the 19th century, authorities implemented the use of tattoos as a means to mark a person as an “Outsider” – a criminal. Originally the mark was done via branding with a hot iron and the practice decided to become a bit more “human” and was replaced by the tattooist’s needle in 1832. Instead of a generic fleur-de-lys, criminals were marked a stylized version of the symbol that deemed them a criminal.
The tattoo was a permanent and visual representation of a criminal’s submission to legal authority. It was both a physical and mental punishment, remember religion was a driving force back then and having your body marked symbolically took away what remained of their body’s sanctity. The branding punished the body, but the tattoo punished the soul.
It appears the practice is back. Instituted by Eastern European pimps who are branding the bodies of women they “own”. The branding lets other pimps know that these girls are not to be touched.