CSPAN Book TV yesterday: The Trials of Nina McCall

This is a newly released book and the story was mind-boggling. Ever heard of "The American Plan"?
During World War I, in colonial Philippines, US armed forces developed a prostitute management program called the "American Plan" which enabled the military to arrest any women within five miles of a military cantonment. If found infected, a woman could be sentenced to a hospital or a farm colony until cured.[79]

Beginning in the 1910s and continuing in some places into the 1950s, the American Plan operated in the United States. Women were told to report to a health officer where they were coerced to submit to an invasive examination. Immigrants, minorities and the poor were primarily targeted.[80]

Back to the book and Nina McCall:
Scott Stern recounted a U.S. government program that was devised to quarantine women suspected of having venereal diseases or deemed ďpromiscuousĒ during the first half of the 20th century. The author reported that the program, commonly known as the ďAmerican Plan,Ē was responsible for the imprisonment of thousands of women, against their will and many without due process.
Mostly women, poor and powerless, often ethnic minorities, and only a rare man were imprisoned. They were subjected to cruelty and forced labor.

It's shocking that so many of us have heard of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, yet how many have heard what was done to some of these women who were also turned into guinea pigs and given placebos while the disease progress was studied?

Nina McCall who didn't have an STD but was subjected to mercury injections against her will fought back and sued the government.

The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women Hardcover Ė May 15, 2018