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The Oldest Profession


Nov 12, 2018

In the second part of this two part series about prostitution in colonial Nigeria, Kaytlin pulls back to discuss the shared goals and developing rivalry between the Colony Welfare Office, which was run by British colonialists, and upper class Lagosian women working toward a broad feminist agenda.
 
Beginning in the 1920's, these women demanded that the colonial state work to eradicate prostitution. However, when the government passed and aggressively enforced anti-prostitution laws in the 1940s, the legislation impacted their lives in ways that they could not have predicted.