© 2012

Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens

Commercial Sex in London, 1885–1960

  • Authors

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

About this book


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.


20th century bibliography Britain crusades design experience knowledge law living policy Polis slaves twentieth century violence women

About the authors

JULIA LAITE 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 labour, and human trafficking in the twentieth century world.

Bibliographic information