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Hong Kong (Immoral Traffic)

Volume 161: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1923

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that no record of the ages appears in the census of the number of prostitutes in Hong Kong; and, in view of allegations made that many of these are of quite tender years, will he inquire whether the Government of Hong Kong has any available information upon this feature of prostitution in the Colony?

Allegations of this kind were made a few years ago. The Governor reported that no girl is admitted to a brothel unless the Secretary for Chinese Affairs is satisfied that she is 19 or over. He further offered to have a full inquiry made if any evidence were produced of specific cases in support of the allegations. So far as I am aware, none has been produced, but the Governor's offer still holds good.