Prostitution In 18th Century London

May 7, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

One in five women in England in the 1700s were prostitutes reports Zoe Brennan:

  • The number of prostitutes in London at the time is estimated to be 63,000.
  • Women engaged in prostitution because the pay was 80 times higher than the alternative of living a life of drudgery as a housemaid.
  • Overall the prostitution industry was worth about 1.5 billion inflation adjusted pounds.

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Source: Daily Mail