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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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Women of the Book of Sorrows

Women of the Book of Sorrows

(p.81) 7 Women of the Book of Sorrows
Luc Xì

Vũ Trọng Phụng

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at the lives of the brothel women held within the Dispensary. Despite being from the city, or the country, or being corrupted, or being hungry and thirsty, all of these girls became victims of the schemes of those who run the opium dens, the boys in the seedy hotels, the pimps, or the nighttime rickshaw drivers who tricked them to get them to work at the nearly four hundred rooms for rent scattered throughout Hanoi. In comparison to upstanding women, brothel women can be called women who have been sentenced, who deserve their punishments. They are a stratum of people who have sacrificed their lives for good morality and customs so that society will less frequently experience incidents of adultery, rape, and depravity.

Keywords:   brothel women, Dispensary, adultery, rape

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