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.



Prostitution in Buenos Aires and Montevideo

Situated on either bank of the River Plate, the cities of Buenos Aires — capital of Argentina — and Montevideo — capital of Uruguay — together with the Argentine city of Rosario, on the Paraná River, were the epicentres of the intense development that characterized the region as from the last decades of the nineteenth century. Argentina and Uruguay appeared in world capitalism as agro-exporting economies, while, at the same time, they entered a period of political stability after a turbulent nineteenth century. From then onwards, an urban expansion of unprecedented dimensions added to the demographic impact of European immigration, with high masculinity rates in both countries. Those were the most visible traits of a process of modernization, which had evolved in a particular way in each of the port cities mentioned.


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