Medical Imperialism Gone Awry: The Campaign Against Legalized Prostitution in Latin America

  • Donna J. Guy


Concepts of public health, particularly as they were espoused by leaders of the nineteenth-century European sanitarian movement, formed a powerful ideology that united science with discriminatory social control. Rapidly growing urban areas afflicted by plagues and epidemics brought on by lack of cleanliness, ignorance of germ theory, and contaminated drinking and sewage facilities, demanded scientific assistance. Insalubrious port cities were especially troublesome because epidemics interfered with the growth of European trade and commerce.


Venereal Disease European Woman Cultural Imperialism Sexual Slavery Foreign Woman 
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