Such sympathy was slow to grow in the general community, and attempts to rescue prostitutes met with little support and less success.
Though brothels almost certainly existed earlier, evidence dates fromand in organised prostitution was uncovered at the Launceston hospital, run by the assistant surgeon and the overseer. In there were twenty hobaart with up to fifteen prostitutes in each in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport, and a further hundred prostitutes working independently from suburban homes and hotel rooms, a total of approximately three hundred prostitutes.
Alison Alexander. A survey of sex workers in showed most took up the work for financial motives. This did not necessarily prevent prostitution, but police claimed it was decreasing, and from the s rescue work, often by churches, met with more success.
Efforts from the s to decriminalise prostitution met with no success by Advantages were listed by hobary responders as good money, higher self-esteem, flexible hours and empowerment; disadvantages were health worries, harassment, violence, drugs, long hours, lack of self-respect, stigma, and low pay with no benefits. An inquiry into female convict discipline in showed that many female convicts turned to casual prostitution: police knew of a mistress and her convict servant prostltute a brothel together, and of girls under twelve who worked as prostitutes.
Complaints by the Royal Navy hobartt the Contagious Diseases Actby which police could examine prostitutes for venereal disease, and confine them in hospitals in Hobart and Launceston until cured. It continued, largely hidden, during the twentieth century, gaining publicity on such occasions as visiting fleets bringing influxes of prostitutes, some from the mainland. An anonymous pamphleteer claimed in there were prostitutes, one in sixteen of Hobart's female population.
Prostitution, or its visibility, declined from the s. Venereal disease multiplied during the First World War, and in treatment was made equal for both sexes. In police stated there were a hundred pgostitute in twenty brothels in Hobart; the Hobart City Mission reported that prostitution was carried on to a reckless extent, caused chiefly by drink.
He was one of the first to show sympathy for prostitutes, saying prostitution was due to poor education, little employment for women, ignorance and poverty. Prostitution by itself was never illegal, but running a brothel was, and prostitutes could be, and often were, arrested on such charges as vagrancy.
The police tried less to stop prostitution than remove it from public view, and were often accused of colluding with brothel owners. From the s, the arrival of large s of female convictsa gender ratio of seven prosfitute men to every woman and hence a ready market of single men, and the asment system, which meant women convicts lived reasonably openly in the community but were unpaid, led many women to turn to prostitution as one of the hobart prostitute ways they could earn money.
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