Spatial Genealogies from
Segregation to Suppression
Burma—On September 8th, 1930, the police received infor-
mation to the eff ect that a Burmese girl had been thrown out
of the window from a building into the back drainage space
between 29th Street and Mogul Street. Th e police at once
proceeded there and saw a girl about 13 years old lying on
her back with a broken arm. She was speedily conveyed to
the General Hospital and on examination it was found that
her spinal cord was also broken. On regaining conscious-
ness, she told her story, which was to the eff ect that she
was seduced by a young Burman and was sold for Rs.20 to
a brothel- keeper in 29th Street. She was forced to prostitu-
tion and fi nally, when she refused to obey the keepers of the
house, she was thrown out of the window.1
Besides the anatomical precision of its violent description, the
above report on the injuries to a girl in 1930s Rangoon is not
unique. It relates the misfortune of the numberless women and
children who were enticed, coerced, or traffi cked into prostitution,
and subjected to sexual violence in their everyday economies. It
also tells of the extreme physical violence in the exceptional cases
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