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Regulated brothels in mandatory Syria and Lebanon: Between the traffic in women and the permanent mandate commissions

French authorities operated regulated brothels in the Levant since the beginning of the French Mandate in 1920. The League of Nations’ interest in traffiin women and children and in monitoring the mandates brought these brothels to its committees’ attention. Thischapter compares and contrasts the League of Nation’s handling of prostitution in the Levant by the Advisory Committee on Traffiin Women and Children and the Permanent Mandate Commission to reveal how complicit both were with French colonial rule, and at the same time how they enabled anti-colonial criticism to slip through the cracks. More generally, it questions how they tried to reconcile the League’s commitment to social issues with the lingering influenceof colonial powers.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
Sustainable Development Goals:
Countries: Lebanon
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