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in. Prostitution in Victorian England was a part of everyday life for people from every class, ethnicity, and gender. Prostitution became a major concern and a focal point for social reformers in the 19th century. No one knows for certain, but there were somewhere between 8, and 80, prostitutes in London during the Victorian Age. It is generally accepted that most of these women found themselves in prostitution due to economic necessity. There were three attitudes towards prostitution — condemnation, regulation, and reformation. Prostitution has b e en around for decades.
It was around during the Ancient Rome Empire and it was certainly in the s during the Great Depression. On October 29, of the stock market crashed which was the official beginning of the Great Depression. From there banks and people started losing their money putting people into poverty and out of jobs.
Prostitution during the s was still big. Prostitutes would get paid typically two dollars for fifteen minutes. There were two types of houses. Girls were registered at the office, according to age, complexion, measurements and years of experience.
The girls had to show their certificate of health to the Madame or lose their jobs. The customer could always see it if he wanted to. The tests costed three dollars to five dollars. Ringer houses got a twelve hour advance tip before any raid which each girl splits fifty percent of her earnings. This helped them cover their laundry bill and payment for two meals per day.
Half of the regular two dollar fee went to the house to pay for the protection. Prostitutes would go on call for private parties. Their shift is around eight hours form 3 p. Old girls go from 11 p. A customers average age was thirty Romsey hookers fuck forty years which most were married.
Economy — times were tough. Husbands were completely fine with allowing other men to sleep with their wives. In some instances, the wife happily worked as a prostitute, since it was a way for her to earn income. In other instances, the husband was acting as a pimp, using his wife as his property, lending her out as he pleased. Prostitute Sporting Guides. Men of wealthy Victorian society could look through sporting guides, which were very similar to shopping catalogues. This way, a man could decide ahead of time between the various women he could have sex with.
Forced Medical Examinations. Some of the most frequent customers at brothels were young men in the military. Venereal disease was so common in the s that it killed just as many military men as war. It also left many able-bodied men unfit for battle. Inin order to prevent the spread of disease, The Contagious Diseases Act was passed. If a woman resisted, she would be strapped down to a table. If it was discovered that she was infected, she would be forced into hospitalization for up to three months.
Although prostitution was legal, many ladies of the night were arrested for crimes like Romsey hookers fuck drunkenness or gathering in the streets. Those behaviors were considered illegal under the Town Police Clauses Act of Many of those small crimes resulted in a year in prison. There were also places called reformatorieswhich aimed to rehabilitate fallen women.
These were often run by religious groups. The attitudes of the people who ran the reformatories was that prostitutes acted out on their own selfish desires. Themed Brothels. Like today, men of Victorian England had varying desires. Proper women were not encouraged to be sexual at all and reserved sex for having children. For whatever reason, spanking was a very popular theme in pornography, and there were entire brothels dedicated to it. Flagellation brothels were places one could go to be whipped by either women or men. The only career options for women during the Victorian era were low-paying professions, and many had dangerous working conditions.
There were street vendors who assisted their husbands with their businessesfactory workers, and shop girls. If a woman was very lucky, she could be a household servant in the estate of a lord or lady. Prostitution was the one and only job where a woman could have shorter work hours and earn high wages in cash without depending on a husband to support her. If she was exceptionally beautiful, she could earn enough to achieve total financial independence. If a lower-class woman could afford nice clothes and the finer things in life, it most likely meant that she was a prostitute.
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