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There was definitely more crime in Victorian London then nowadays.

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There was definitely more crime in Victorian London then nowadays. The social implications of overcrowding, poverty, immigration, and a growing inequality between rich and poor created new and inventive kinds of crime. By the 1840's larceny, whether breaking into houses or pick pocketing, was the most common crime. Larceny in the city like London would've mainly consisted of pickpockets. Narrow streets tightly packed with crowds of unsuspecting people allowed the pick-pocketing trade to flourish. Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist shows how a lack of community mixed with poverty brought out the deviant side of society. Dickens portrays a children's gang led by Fagin, to show how confident the pickpockets of London were becoming. ...read more.

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In addition, 19th century doctors claimed that sex was less harmful if carried out without love or passion, therefore sex with a prostitute would be seen as less 'deranged' than bedding the wife. It even went as far as in the mid 1700s, where a book aimed at wealthier members of society entitled "Harris's Guide To Covent Garden Ladies" was published. Containing such detailed descriptions of infamous characters such as "Miss B. Number 18 Old Compton Street, Soho... fraught with every perfection... she plays on the pianoforte, sings, dances, and is the mistress of every manoeuvre in the amorous contest that can enhance the coming pleasure...fine auburn hair, dark eyes and very inviting countenance... ...read more.

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It required any allegedly 'diseased' prostitute to undergo an inspection. If she was found to be infected, she could be held in a Lock Hospital for up to 3 months. The Contagious Diseases Act of 1866 allowed a special police force to order women to undergo fortnightly inspections for up to a year. By 1869, the Contagious Diseases Act required prostitutes to be officially registered; this was just another way of showing how acceptable prostitution was in Victorian London. In 1841 Greater London had a population of 2 million. According to modern historians, a 19th century city would commonly have 1 prostitute per 36 inhabitants, or 1 per 12 adult males, which would yield 55,000 prostitutes. Prostitution was actively condemned by the upper classes, but was regarded by the lower classes as an acceptable occupation for a poor, but independent workingwomen. Crime & Prostitution. ...read more.

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