'White women degrading themselves to the lowest depths' : European networks of prostitution and colonial anxieties in British India and Ceylon ca. 1880-1914

  title={'White women degrading themselves to the lowest depths' : European networks of prostitution and colonial anxieties in British India and Ceylon ca. 1880-1914},
  author={Harald Fischer-Tin{\'e}},
  journal={Indian Economic And Social History Review},
  pages={163 - 190}
  • H. Fischer-Tiné
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • History
  • Indian Economic And Social History Review
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