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Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts (1864, 1866 and 1869)

By Claire Jones Overview The passing of the Contagious Diseases Acts, which stripped poor and working-class women of their rights, shocked many respectable middle class women and provoked a major campaign for repeal. The Acts were a legal embodiment of

Josephine Butler, 1828-1906

Josephine Butler

by Claire Jones Worker for poor women’s rights, advocate for prostitutes and campaigner against the Contagious Diseases Acts Overview Josephine Butler is remembered for her compassion for prostitutes and her tireless championing of poor women and children. Importantly, she is

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