Corporal punishment for women

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In 1914 the States became so concern about the proliferation of brothels in the island and the procurement of young girls as prostitutes by the brothel madams, that they passed a law allowing corporal punishment of women.

But the Privy Council refused to sanction the law and referred it back to the States, who met again on 21 January 1915 to discuss the issue.

Deputy Le Cornu obtained considerable support for his contention that 'no punishment on earth is too great for those who ruin young and innocent girls'.

But Deputy Cory expressed the opposite view saying: "if you whip half a dozen devils out, you whip a dozen more in". In a comment which would today be considered most inappropriate, but which was quite acceptable during the First World War, he called on the States not to be 'German enough' to pass such legislation and expressed doubt that anyone would be prepared to whip a woman with a cat 'o nine tails.

Jurat Payn suggested that for the right money, someone could easily be found to inflict the punishment, but it was generally agreed that only a woman should be called on to whip another woman.

However, discussion on that matter proved irrelevant because the States voted by 25 to 15 to reverse their previous decision and corporal punishment for women was abandoned.

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