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Trafficking in Women (1924-1926)
The Paul Kinsie Reports for the League of Nations - Volume 1
United Nations Historical Series n°2

This book provides a transcription of the reports written by undercover agent Paul Kinsie for the League of Nations Special Body of Experts on Traffic in Women and Children in the mid-1920s. Between 1924 and 1926, the League's team travelled to more than a hundred cities in Europe, the Americas and the Mediterranean region to interview individuals involved in the regulation, repression, medical control, organization and practice of the sex trade. American undercover agents were included on the team to infiltrate the so-called ‘underworld’ and obtain ‘facts’ about the traffic. Among these, Kinsie was the most prolific. He visited more than forty cities and produced hundreds of reports in which describe in detail his interactions with prostitutes, brothel owners, madams, pimps and procurers and state officials. This unique compilation will be of great ethnographic value for readers and reserachers interested in the history of female migration for prostitution.






Trafficking in Women (1924-1926)
The Paul Kinsie Reports for the League of Nations - Volume 2
United Nations Historical Series n°2

This volume includes short introductions written by scholars from around the world which provide contextualization for each city that Paul Kinsie visited for the League of Nations Special Body of Experts on Traffic in Women and Children between 1924 and 1926.









The League of Nations' Work on Social Issues
Visions, Endeavours and Experiments
United Nations Historical Series n°1

Offering a fresh look into the history of the League of Nations’ involvement in social issues, this volume is grounded on the assumption that social work has had multiple and sometimes contentious meanings. As the authors who contributed to this volume argue, the League’s policies were adopted, adapted, appropriated, ignored or contested in various locales for a variety of reasons. Some of the chapters included here examine the League’s politics and policies and their intended and unintended consequences in peripheral areas, whereas others offer a view from the Genevan heart of the organization. By dealing with themes as diverse as the so-called traffic in women and children, drugs, public health, refugees, the protection of children, and minorities, this volume investigates how various stakeholders interpreted social work and social issues in different national and colonial contexts. In doing so, The League Nations’ Work on Social Issues: Visions, Endeavours and Experiments adds to the bourgeoning literature on the history of international organisations and transnational history while also contributing to dialogues on current United Nations’ politics and policies in a way that avoids the telos of progress, globalisation and generalisations on “lessons learnt”.


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