Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1960

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byJulia Laite

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Between 1885 and 1960, laws and policies designed to repress prostitution dramatically shaped London's commercial sex industry. This book examines how laws translated into street-level reality, explores how women who sold sex experienced criminalization, and charts the complex dimensions of the underground sexual economy in the modern metropolis.

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Between 1885 and 1960, laws and policies designed to repress prostitution dramatically shaped London's commercial sex industry. This book examines how laws translated into street-level reality, explores how women who sold sex experienced criminalization, and charts the complex dimensions of the underground sexual economy in the modern ...

JULIA LAITE is Lecturer in Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She has published several articles on prostitution in Britain and is presently researching women's migration, sexual labor, and human trafficking in the twentieth-century world.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.68 × 5.74 × 1.02 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230230547

ISBN - 13:9780230230545

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Criminalizing Commercial Sex
Selling sex: Women, Work, and Prostitution
Buying Sex: Men and the Marketplace
The Crusade Begins: The Criminal Law Amendment Act and London's 'Brothels' Before the First World War
Women in Public and Public Women: Controlling Street Prostitution 1887-1914
'Down on Whores' and 'Living on the Earnings': Violence, Vulnerability and the Law after 1885
White Slaves and Alien Prostitutes: Trafficking, Protection, and Punishment in the Early Twentieth Century
Making War, Taking Fingerprints, and Challenging the Law: Policy Changes and Public Debates after 1914
Behind Closed Doors: Off-Street Commercial Sex in the Interwar Years
Sex, War, and Syndication: Organized Prostitution and the Second World War
The Shame of London: Prostitution and Panic in the Post-War Metropolis
Risking the Dangers: Reconsidering Commercial Sex in 'Permissive Britain'
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index