During the 1860s, the British police had the right to examine the private parts of any woman!

14 septembre 2015 | Dans History, Politics, Rights, Society
During the 1860s, the British police had the right to examine the private parts of any woman!

In the 1860s, the British government realized that most army men suffered from “venereal diseases” such as syphilis, which led it to regulate prostitution through a bill on the prevention of communicable diseases.

The law applied only to women, particularly, those suspected of practicing prostitution as they had to conform to a physical examination done by a police officer. No warrant was required and there was no age limit.

The police were authorized to arrest women at random and force them to take off their clothes to have their private parts examined.

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