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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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Holding Papers

Holding Papers

(p.124) 11 Holding Papers
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts how a prostitute got her papers. When she was brought to the Dispensary, the prostitute was examined by a doctor who discovered that she had both syphilis and gonorrhea. She was then held at the Dispensary to get her diseases treated, and there she was forced to get papers by three women “with papers.” Every night, these women persuaded and beat her. After she surrendered and finally agreed to ask for papers, the women slapped her until she had sworn to it six or seven times. She concluded that countless numbers of girls from respectable homes, and sometimes girls from high-born families, have had to get papers and be tormented like that.

Keywords:   prostitutes, Dispensary, syphilis, gonorrhea

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