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Black Market Business: Selling Sex in Northern Vietnam, 1920-1945

Christina Elizabeth Firpo


This book is a grassroots social history of the clandestine market for sex in colonial Tonkin. It explores the ways in which sex workers, managers, and clients evaded the colonial regulation system in the turbulent economy of the interwar years. The book argues that the confluence of economic, demographic, and cultural changes sweeping late colonial Tonkin created spaces of tension in which the interwar black-market sex industry thrived. The clandestine sex industry flourished in sites of legal inconsistency, cultural changes, economic disparity, rural–urban division, and demographic shifts. A ... More

Keywords: colonial Tonkin, sex work, colonial regulation system, sex industry, marginalized populations, black market, impoverished women, juvenile prostitution, human trafficking, debt-bondage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752650
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina Elizabeth Firpo, author
California Polytechnic State University