My story is set in late 1300s (pre-Sengoku era) Japan, in medieval Kyoto. It's a historical fantasy work. My main character, O-Chie, is a prostitute, sold to the brothel at age 8 and working in that capacity since age 13. The girl these questions pertain to is her trainee, Hatsu. O-Chie is 18 when Hatsu is given to her; Hatsu is 7. O-Chie doesn't have a choice in the matter, and resents the girl's care and instruction being forced on her. Despite having once been in the exact same situation herself, her mentor treats her badly. She is emotionally neglectful much of the time, and physical punishment for infractions (or pretty much anything else) is standard within the environment. I'm not making any excuses for any of O-Chie's behavior towards the girl. It's detestable and outright abusive. It does improve with time.
Over the course of the next year, Hatsu is exposed to everything one would probably expect to find in a medieval brothel:
Now, with that said, my question boils down to this: What effects could all of this be expected to have on Hatsu, both in the short-term and the long-term? Primarily, I'm concerned with psychological and emotional effects, but anything else is welcome.
I have a number of books on prostitution, but none of them discuss the psychological or emotional impacts in any detail. I know about the long-term effects of sexual abuse on children, and I also know that this scenario does constitute sexual abuse, just not in the usual sense.
Terms searched include: "long-term effects of exposure to sexual abuse" and "psychological effects of a brothel environment". This is a difficult thing to find the proper terms for when searching.
Thank you for any help you can provide with this somewhat...strange question.
A vaguely European, vaguely 14th-15th-century AU setting
1. How did rural craftsmen such as millers, village blacksmiths, potters etc. take on apprentices in the late Middle Ages? An apprenticeship was a major legal commitment on both sides, I can’t see late-medieval people being satisfied just with a verbal agreement. (And even if they were, anyone who had been apprenticed that way, and afterwards wanted to take their skills elsewhere, would have no means of proving that they had been through a legit apprenticeship.) Who would draw up the indenture? Who would witness it and be responsible for adjudicating any disputes that might arise?
I’ve tried Googling various combinations of ‘medieval, village OR rural, apprenticeship OR indenture’ but all I keep getting is info about apprenticeships in towns, where of course the appropriate craft guild would have done all that. How did it work in the countryside where there wasn’t a craft guild?
2. And in towns, where guilds had responsibility for admission to crafts: I know that when a master craftsman died , his wife or heir would carry on the business, or sell it on, so that responsibility for any apprentices would go to whoever was now running the business. What happened when a business packed up (e.g. the master went bankrupt or something) so that blameless apprentices were left having served anything up to 6 years? Surely they can’t have been expected to start over again. Was it standard practice for them to be allowed to get an indenture with another master for the remaining part of their time? Might the guild, having admitted them on to the lowest rung of the craft fraternity, take any degree of responsibility for sorting out a means of completing their apprenticeship?
I’ve Googled things like ‘medieval apprenticeship cut short’ but got no leads.
As it’s AU I have wiggle room, of course, but I’d rather base this on actual medieval practice if possible. Not necessarily English practice; I’m happy to have pointers from anywhere from the Baltic to Spain!