Prostitution Regulation and Restriction: Dutch Dual Policy 1911–1949

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This article explores the reasons and strategies behind the import of women for the sex industry in the Dutch Antilles, while in the mother country prostitution was restricted. It will show that the cultural justification claim was used to mask economic reasons to regulate prostitution. I also look at the long-term consequences of this policy. This article ties in with debates on migration and colonial policy regarding the regulation of sexuality built on a racist and moral discourse.

Prostitution Regulation and Restriction: Dutch Dual Policy 1911–1949

in Journal of Migration History




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