St. Martin's Press
The Nature of the Sex Industry
During the eighteenth century London had more prostitutes plying their trade on the open streets, over a greater proportion of the city, than could be found anywhere else in Europe. Prostitution was rife in Paris and in Amsterdam, but there it was more discreet, controlled and contained. This startling difference, and especially the quantities of patrolling street prostitutes, earned London an evil reputation.
A book published in 1734 evokes a memorable image of London street life:
When a person
The Bawdy History and Very Public Passions of London's Georgian Age