Australia’s female prostitute-pickpockets forged strong criminal networks and emotional bonds between the 1860s and the 1920s.
Japanese “AIDS panics” characterized women as the carriers of foreign-born sexual diseases.
The Mann Act protected women from “human vultures who fatten on the shame of innocent young girls.”
Sex workers, working as peer researchers, mapped the epidemiology of HIV in 1985.
On July 26, 1942, a solider in the U.S. military found out that he had recently contracted a venereal disease.
Interview by Pat Omoregie Saheed Aderinto’s When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 (Illinois, 2015), explores tensions in colonial Nigeria through the lens of a struggle over how to control and regulate prostitution. Aderinto argues that the British perceived prostitution as evidence of […]
Katie Hindmarch-Watson In the summer of 1889 a 15-year-old London telegraph boy named Charles Swinscow had a monumental encounter with his inspector. Charles had eighteen shillings in his pockets, more than twice his weekly salary. Postal Constable Luke Hanks, after discovering this suspicious amount, extracted a statement from Charles that […]