Table of Contents Prostitution Prostitution was encouraged by conditions in colonial Tasmania. From the s, the arrival of large s of female convictsa gender ratio of seven adult 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 few ways they could earn money. Though brothels almost hobart existed earlier, evidence dates fromprostirute in organised prostitution was prostitute at the Launceston hospital, run by the assistant surgeon and the overseer.
Venereal disease multiplied during the First World War, and in treatment was made equal for both sexes.
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 in a brothel together, and of girls under twelve who worked as prostitutes. The police tried less to stop prostitution than remove it hobxrt public view, and were often accused of colluding with brothel owners.
Advantages were listed by various 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. Prostitution, or its visibility, declined from the s. It continued, largely hidden, during the twentieth century, gaining publicity on such occasions as visiting fleets bringing influxes of prostitutes, some from the mainland.
Such sympathy was slow to grow in the general community, and attempts to rescue prostitutes met with little support and less success. Complaints by the Royal Navy forced the Contagious Diseases Actby which police could examine prostitutes for venereal disease, and confine them in hospitals in Ohbart and Launceston until cured.
Prostitution by itself was prostitute illegal, but running a brothel was, and prostitutes could be, and often were, arrested on such charges as vagrancy. 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. Prostitutr from the s to decriminalise prostitution met with no success by Hobarh the s, the arrival of large s of female convictsa gender ratio of hobart adult men to every woman and hence a ready market of single men, and the asment system, pprostitute meant women convicts lived reasonably openly in the community but were unpaid, led many women to turn to prostitution as one of the few ways they could earn money.
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.
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. Alison Alexander.
Certainly prostitution became less visible in Tasmania's generally well-ordered communities. In there were twenty brothels 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.
An anonymous pamphleteer claimed in there were prostitutes, one in sixteen of Hobart's female population. In police stated there were a hundred prostitutes in twenty brothels in Hobart; the Hobart City Mission reported that prostitution was carried on to a reckless extent, caused chiefly by drink.
Table of Contents Prostitution Prostitution was encouraged by conditions in colonial Tasmania. A survey of sex workers in showed most took up the work for financial motives.