Yet another interesting post by a member of the History and Policy Website. Julia Laite from Cambridge discusses the changing and in particular unchanging face of the law on prostitution. A couple of things emerge from her discussion, firstly that legislation upon prostitutes encourages waves of violence and hatred against prostitutes- she links for instance late 19th Century violence against street walkers with the proffusion of late 19th Century acts about prostitution. The second thing that she suggests is that British law has as the Government thinks been far too aggressive when it comes to deciding that a place where two or three prostitutes live together is a brothel. Such measures encourage women to live apart in vulnerability and recruit pimps of various kinds. Thirdly she points out some truly horrific figures on the conviction of pimps- in 1900 despite a bill having been passed a couple of years earlier against profiting from prostitution only 160 pimps were punished as opposed to 7,000 prostitutes. The one pity about this article is that possibly for reasons of space we never hear from any of the actual prostitutes- this article is one compiled from the outside by the politician or protester looking in and whilst it is happy to annex and argue about the experience of prostitution doesn't actually give us any statements from actual prostitutes. This is an interesting article and well worth reading, it obviously doesn't and can't include much information about prostitution, but it does give some historical background, that's worth a look and consideration.