J. LaiteJun 30, 2021
Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens
Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1960
Palgrave Macmillan 2011
Between 1885 and 1960, laws and policies designed to repress prostitution dramatically shaped London's commercial sex industry. J. Laite's book Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1960 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) 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.
Rachel Stuart is a sex work researcher whose primary interest is the lived experiences of sex workers.