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.



Romania: Bucharest and Constanța

It is unclear when prostitution, defined as the exchange of money or goods for sexual services, began in Romania, but given the existence of slavery among the Roma population in the Romanian territories until the late nineteenth century, as well as documents that describe, define and regulate the activities of sex workers, it is safe to assume that in the eighteenth century the trade was already well established in the lands that would eventually become the state of Romania in the 1860s. Bucharest, as the largest and wealthiest city in Romania, was also the centre of most activity in terms of sex work. Constanța became part of Romania only after 1878, so the history of that town is addressed separately, with a focus on the post-1878 period.


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