Trafficking in Women (1924-1926)

The Paul Kinsie Reports for the League of Nations - Vol. 2

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This book provides a transcription of the reports written by undercover agent Paul Kinsie for the League of Nations Special Body of Experts on Traffic in Women and Children in the mid-1920s. Between 1924 and 1926, a team travelled to more than a hundred cities in Europe, the Americas and the Mediterranean area to interview individuals involved in the regulation, repression, medical control, organization and practice of the sex trade. American undercover agents were included on the team to infiltrate the so-called ‘underworld’ and obtain ‘facts’ about the traffic. Among these, Kinsie was the most prolific. He visited more than forty cities and produced hundreds of reports in which his contacts with prostitutes, brothel owners, madams, pimps and procurers are described in detail. For a proper contextualization of the reports, scholars from around the world were asked to provide short introductions to the situation with regard to prostitution in each city that was visited. The book offers a unique source of information which is of great ethnographic value for people interested in the history of human trafficking and prostitution.



From ottoman modernity to French Beirut

The French mandate over Lebanon and Syria linked those former Ottoman Arab provinces to other territories under French tutelage, including North African colonies and protectorates in present day Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. As political boundaries were redefined, new circulations joined earlier migratory circuits and corridors, engendering debates, policy and surveillance over populations in movement. In the global context of women’s movements and women’s growing access to the public, the migration of women in particular became suspect, especially that which lacked the moral and economic supervision of women’s activity by a spouse, a government or another institution. Often identified as “foreign” women by local populations, they increasingly found work in service positions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet women workers were suspect. They were tolerated but resented by both the French authorities and former Ottoman officials incorporated into mandate administration, who could all agree on casting women’s presence in public as a moral threat.


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