Official segregation in Colombo

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  • Reference
      GB 106 AMS/C/08/02
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 JB 73
  • Dates of Creation
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      1 folder

Scope and Content

Majority of items have been numbered. Material relates to campaign by the National Vigilance Society to enforce Ordinance no V of 1889 to close several large brothels in Reclamation Road, Colombo. Grace Human requested the help of the British Committee of the International Federation for the Abolition of State Regulation of Vice in this matter

Consists of:

- list of items received from Mr Cowen and Mrs Grace Human

- carbon copy article 'What evidence is required to secure a conviction against the keeper of a brothel?' signed by Helen Wilson

- printed letter from John Cowen 'British Crown Colonies and the White Slave Traffic' from 'The Common Cause'

- article 'A modern day slavery' by Grace Human from 'The Searchlight', Oct 1912

- details about 'permitted' brothels in Colombo (nos 11 and 12)

- formal report of deputation to the Governor of Ceylon (no 14)

- press cutting 'The Vigilance Society deputation' from 'Ceylon Observer' dated 3 Dec 1912 (no 15)

- press cutting 'Yesterday's deputation to the governor' from 'The Ceylon Morning Leader' dated 4 Dec 1912 (no 16)

- depositions in Emans case (John Cowen was prosecuted for slandering sub-inspector Emans by suggesting that he received bribes from brothel keepers. Before the case completed, Emans absconded and the prosecution was dropped) (no 17)

- map of Colombo (no 18)

- carbon copy of 'authorised report' of a deputation to the Governor of Ceylon (no 20)

- carbon copy article 'Girl slave traffic in Ceylon' (no 21)

- press cutting 'Colombo Vigilance Society. A deputation's memorandum and Governor's reply read' (no 22)

- correspondence between Grace Human and Helen Wilson

- Sinhalese leaflet for girls in the brothels (translated on reverse) (no 34)

- Helen Wilson's draft to the Secretary of State for the Colonies dated 19 Feb 1913 (no 36)


- 'Ordinance for the suppression of brothels' no V 1889

- map of the world 'c' 1947