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Luc XìProstitution and Venereal Disease in Colonial Hanoi$
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Vu Trong Phung

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834678

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834678.001.0001

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A Blemish on the City

A Blemish on the City

(p.45) 1 A Blemish on the City
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses two camps that deal with the prostitution question. The “regulationist” camp wants to strictly deal with prostitution by putting the brothel trade under legal regulation. This group takes the position that prostitution gives rise to the venereal disease problem, and as the venereal disease problem is a catastrophe for all of society, it is therefore essential to create laws to regulate it in the hopes that regulation will lessen its ill effects on the race. On the other hand, the “abolitionist” camp wants to eliminate all laws regulating the trade—which is to say liberate prostitution—so that it can be conducted completely freely. This group takes the position that freedom of the individual takes precedence over everything and accepts the proposition that “all sexual acts, even in the form of prostitution, are above all the exercise of the right that everyone has to use or abuse his person.”

Keywords:   prostitution, regulationist camp, brothel trade, venereal disease, abolitionist camp

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