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Black Market BusinessSelling Sex in Northern Vietnam, 1920-1945$
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Christina Elizabeth Firpo

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752650.001.0001

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The Geography of Vice

The Geography of Vice

Spatial Dimensions of Clandestine Sex Work

(p.20) Chapter 1 The Geography of Vice
Black Market Business

Christina Elizabeth Firpo

Cornell University Press

This chapter is a spatial analysis of Tonkin's black market sex industry. It investigates how the area's physical, administrative, economic, and political geography shaped the ways that unregistered sex was sold in Tonkin. Some of the areas discussed here include the Red River Delta, Hanoi, Hanoi's suburbs, Hai Phong City, the military bases, the border towns, and the coast of Tonkin. The chapter discusses how the geographic and political landscape of Tonkin enabled traffickers and clandestine sex workers to evade colonial police. It talks about how colonial land policies, the tax system, and the government's neglect of the suburbs further impoverished peasants, leading women to seek alternative income through sex work.

Keywords:   black market, sex industry, colonial policies, tax system, government neglect, Red River Delta, Hanoi, Hai Phong City, military bases, coastal Tonkin

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