Six o'clock closing and the growth of prostitution in Sydney, 1916-27

Bleakley, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2512-4072 (2014) Six o'clock closing and the growth of prostitution in Sydney, 1916-27. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 100 (2) . pp. 176-193. ISSN 0035-8762 [Article]

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Abstract

The New South Wales government’s introduction of the Early Closing Act in 1916 was a legislative move designed to curb the growing culture of vice-related crime across the state. Instead, the period between 1916 and 1927 saw rampant growth in crime - largely prostitution. Qualitative exploration of the issue indicates that the quasi-prohibition of alcohol led to the establishment of ‘sly-grog’ houses; these venues of illicit trade provided sex workers with a location in which to practice their trade under the protection of organised criminal syndicates and corrupt elements of New South Wales law enforcement.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 27873
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Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2021 02:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27873

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