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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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There Must Be Harm

There Must Be Harm

(p.61) 4 There Must Be Harm
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter argues that completely eliminating prostitution would be very dangerous. Indeed, the position of the legislators has not exclusively been to eliminate prostitution's most devastating consequences, but primarily to maintain it at a reasonable level because they feared that to wipe it out completely would produce even more dangerous and fearful consequences, so it was best to let it naturally persist. If prostitution were to be completely eliminated, young brothel women would fall into an embarrassing situation when they try to find a new occupation. Moreover, owners of seedy hotels and hotel boys would become unemployed, and this would lead to theft and burglary.

Keywords:   prostitution, brothel women, hotel owners, hotel boys, theft, burglary

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