The Light Regulatory Approach
The type of prostitution regulation deployed in Hangzhou during the Republic stands in for the method used in most provincial capitals at that time, the light regulatory approach. The chapter explores the city's organization of prostitution, the connections between prostitution and historical pariah-group legal status assigned to sub-ethnics, and the failure of Hangzhou's treaty port to thrive as a prostitution district. Then the chapter explores the development of prostitution regulation in Hangzhou, showing how the police there implemented the model throughout the period, punctuated by a brief attempt at abolition. The system produced very little revenue, and was not applied rigorously to prevent venereal disease transmission. Instead, officials chose keep using it because it was to them the epitome of modernity, the only scientific way to deal with prostitution in a modern state.
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