Prostitution during the Victorian Era
The map on the left entitled "Persons committed for keeping disorderly houses" shows counties in black where persons committed for keeping disorderly houses, brothels, is above average. It is interesting to find that it was an offence to 'keep' a brothel, but the actual solicitation was not technically illegal. Again, major cities such as London and Lancaster are shown in black, areas where prostitution was considerably higher.
During Mayhew's research, he conducted interviews with prostitutes. The most striking interview is with a prostitute from the lower class of prostitution (working in a brothel house).
In many of the interviews with the prostitutes, there are lots of references to alcohol. This was clearly an escape mechanism for these women as they couldn't face the reality of what they had become. Alcoholism pushes them even further down the social ladder as they try to drown their sorrows.