Licensed brothels

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 AMS/B/16/03
  • Dates of Creation
      1961-1992
  • Physical Description
      2 folders

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- correspondence with organisations and individuals on the subject of legalised brothels: National Housewives Association in Yorkshire (1978); Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (1983); photocopies of letters with Derek Prentice, secretary of Association of London Authorities (1987); leaflets of the Association of Libertarian Feminists (1986), copy of report by Mothers' Union on 'Prostitution (the legalisation of brothels)' (1992); MPs eg Teresa Gorman (some with press cuttings attached), comments by Joyce Ansell on behalf of the Josephine Butler Society on Mothers' Union prostitution report

- pages from 'Nova' (Nov 1976) about 'Birmingham brothels'

- correspondence relating to reports about prostitution in Amsterdam and typescript report on 'Prostitution and how it operates in the 'Red light' district of Amsterdam' by Barbara Tout of The Salvation Army with research by Lieutenant-Colonel Alida Bosshardt and Lieutenant Lucy de Jong (1977) and report from Angela Butler who visited Amsterdam from 24 to 26 Nov 1976 (Jul 1978)

- correspondence concerning article in 'Bradford Telegraph and Argus' on 'Call to legalise brothels' (1978)

- correspondence on whether red light districts should be licensed with photocopy of press cutting from 'Scotsman' (26 Nov 1981)

- photocopy of article from 'New Law Journal' on legalising brothels by Nina Lopez-Jones of English Collective of Prostitutes (1 May 1992)

- 'Cynthia Payne on sex, porn and prostitution' in 'Every women. The Current Affairs Magazine for Women' Dec 1988 with printed letter from Margaret Schwarz about this article

Press cuttings:

- 'Should brothels be legalised?', 'The Sunday Telegraph (Australian)' dated 24 Mar 1968

- 'Speaker made the ladies gasp' from 'The Daily Mail' dated 20 Jan 1969

- 'Bill for brothels encore' from 'Daily Telegraph' dated 6 Dec 1978

- 'Ripper hunt chief suggests legalising prostitution' from 'The Times' dated 28 Apr 1983