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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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Prostitution

Prostitution

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(p.253) Eighteen Prostitution
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The Liverpool Underworld
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317064.020

This chapter examines the problem of prostitution in Liverpool during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It explains that in 1837 there were about 4,000 prostitutes in Liverpool and suggests that relative to its size, Liverpool was arguably the prostitution capital of Victorian England. It identifies some of the causes of prostitution which included seduction of girls by wicked men, ‘voluntary prostitution’, the youths' disregard for morality and law, and destitution. This chapter also considers the issue of child prostitution and the dangers of prostitution.

Keywords:   prostitution, Victorian England, seduction, wicked men, voluntary prostitution, child prostitution, morality, law

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