Child slavery, sex trafficking or domestic work? The League of Nations and its analysis of the mui tsai system

Magaly Rodriguez Garcia Maria

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Abstract

This article analyses the efforts deployed by the League of Nations to abolish the mui tsai system, a custom in existence in China, Hong Kong and Malaya until the first half of the twentieth century. Mui tsai, which means "little younger sister" in Cantonese, describes the process of transferring girls from poor homes to carry out domestic work in the houses of rich families, in exchange for a monetary compensation to the birth parents, plus board, lodging and clothing for the girls. Inspired by British activists and international organizations that called for the abolition of this practice, various bodies and committees of the League took an interest in the issue, but they approached it from various angles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a Global History of Domestic and Care Workers
EditorsDirk Hoerder, Elise Van Nederveen Meerkerk, Silke Neunsinger
Place of PublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
PublisherBrill
Pages428-450
ISBN (Electronic)9789004280144
ISBN (Print)9789004280137
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Global Social History
PublisherBrill
Number6
Volume18
ISSN (Print)1874-6705

Bibliographical note

Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Silke Neunsinger, Dirk Hoerder

Keywords

  • International organization
  • Child labour

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