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About Julia Laite

Julia Laite is a lecturer in modern British and gender history at Birkbeck, University of London. She is the author of Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens: Prostitution in London, 1885-1960 and is currently working on a book about trafficking in the early twentieth century'.

Articles by Julia Laite

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The irony of criminalising prostitution as a form of ‘modern slavery’

Prostitution was criminalised in the nineteenth century in order to ‘save’ women from ‘sexual slavery’. Ironically, this has only resulted in sex workers who are more vulnerable to abuse.

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