Title

Prostitution in the 19th Century British Colonies and the Contagious Diseases Act

Date

5-29-2014 10:40 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 10:55 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

David Doellinger

Session Title

History Senior Thesis Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop and Kimberly Jensen

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This paper examines the Contagious Diseases Acts of the British Colonies, which were created in 1864 and lasted until 1886. It will analyze the unfair targeting of women and other minorities in Natal Africa, India, and England itself. With British attempts to decrease the spread of venereal diseases in areas where military men were stationed, the new laws led women to be accused of prostitution and to be treated unfairly.

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Prostitution in the 19th Century British Colonies and the Contagious Diseases Act

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

This paper examines the Contagious Diseases Acts of the British Colonies, which were created in 1864 and lasted until 1886. It will analyze the unfair targeting of women and other minorities in Natal Africa, India, and England itself. With British attempts to decrease the spread of venereal diseases in areas where military men were stationed, the new laws led women to be accused of prostitution and to be treated unfairly.