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By Joanna Phoenix

This ebook presents a compelling research of the stipulations during which ladies are sustained inside prostitution in Britain on the finish of the millennium. according to a massive empirical research, it's a distinctive glimpse into how a few girls, who stay lives thoroughly torn aside via poverty, violence and criminalization, may be able to comprehend their lives in prostitution and make feel of the alternatives they make of their fight to outlive.

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Essentially biologically and/or psychologically different, and hence neither the same as nor similar to non-prostitute women (Lombroso and Ferrero, 1895; S. and E. Glueck, 1934); 2. different from non-prostitute women – a difference inherent in the unique social subculture and milieu that prostitutes inhabit (Wilkinson, 1955) or the poverty that prostitutes experience (Benjamin and Masters, 1964; Finnegan, 1979; McLeod, 1982) – and yet the same as non-prostitute women – a similarity structured by the relationship between mainstream normal society and the subculture within which prostitutes exist (Wilkinson, 1955); 3.

Such a conflation is further noted in the legal category ‘common prostitute’. As stated earlier, it is an offence for a common prostitute to loiter or solicit for the purpose of prostitution. The meaning of ‘common prostitute’ is very clear. A common prostitute is a woman who ‘is prepared for reward to engage in acts of lewdness with all and sundry, or with anyone who may hire her for that purpose’ (Morris-Lowe [1985], 1 All E. , 402). Without wishing to overstate the point, as constituted in British law, prostitution (as the activity of selling sex) is defined in terms of a category of persons Prostitutes, Prostitution and the Law 25 (that is, ‘common prostitutes’), which is in turn defined in terms of the activity of selling sex.

P. 192). In summary, Lombroso and Ferrero explained women’s involvement in prostitution by claiming that prostitutes are individual women possessed of a pathological nature resulting from evolutionary degeneracy and the influence of various social factors, such as population density and poverty. The pathological explanatory model was further developed by S. and E. Glueck in their study Five Hundred Delinquent Women (1934). They Ways of Talking about Prostitutes and Prostitution 39 argued that prostitutes are poor women who are also psychologically pathological: They were born and bred in households in which poverty or near-poverty and its attendant evils and miseries were a common lot.

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