“If she has the four loathsome disease she shall be returned within 100 days…menstruation disorder is limited…if Xin Jin becomes sick at any time for more than 15 days, she shall work one month extra…if she becomes pregnant, she shall work one year extra.”
This excerpt is from a Chinese brothel contract in 1866 for the state of California. During this time the Chinese Exclusion Act had come into effect and sex trafficking was at its highest rates. The passage brings to light the comparison of women of oppressed groups and of their differentiating life scenarios. Xin Jin entered into a binding contract, most likely unknowingly into prostitution in order to gain passage to America. Unfortunately, this excerpt shows us yet again the objectivity of women by society.
Sources: “Translation of a Chinese Brothel Contract in California”1866. Week 9, lines 8-11.