Sex for Sale in Scotland

Prostitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow, 1900-1939
Settle, Louise
Date published: 
August 2017

Sex for Sale in Scotland examines the various formal and informal methods that were used to police female prostitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow between 1900 and 1939, and explores how these policies influenced women’s lives. A rich combination of records from police, probation, magistrates, poor law and voluntary organisations demonstrates how these organisations combined to establish a ‘penal-welfare’ approach towards regulating prostitution in Scotland. By mapping the geography of prostitution, the author argues that prostitution was not forced into the outskirts of society, either physically or socially.