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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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Venereal Diseases

Venereal Diseases

Policing the Sources of Infection

(p.59) Chapter 2 Venereal Diseases
Black Market Business

Christina Elizabeth Firpo

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses how the treatment of venereal diseases guided the colonial policing of sex work. Colonial policies designed to slow the spread of venereal diseases by policing ended up backfiring — inadvertently driving women underground to sell sex on the black market, where infection spread all the more easily. In the late 1930s, venereal disease prevention became a useful tool for policing unregistered sex work in ways that were not permitted under the 1921 law. The chapter talks about the making of the 1921 law, patterns of venereal disease transmission in Tonkin, the fight against venereal diseases, the collaborative efforts they mad to reduce transmission in the countryside, and the informal reform of the regulation system.

Keywords:   venereal diseases, colonial policies, venereal disease transmission, underground sex work, infection, unregistered sex work, 1921 law, regulation reform

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