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The doors to four separate Anchorage-area nightclubs burst open simultaneously, throngs of deputy marshals and state police officers rushing in. The lawmen took in the scene, saw a “complete disregard of the new law,” and began arresting employees. Each club became eerily quiet. No one fought back as 36 employees were arrested. It was just after midnight, July 26, 1959. Had these bars violated proscriptions against prostitution? Were they drug dens? While these clubs were likely the site of a litany of crimes, the raid was an attempt to end one of the dreaded scourges of midcentury Alaska: B-girls.

An ad that appeared in the Anchorage Daily Times, April 27, 1957

B-girls, also known as hostesses or percentage girls, are women employed…

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