Other women formed more permanent relationships with sailors, living with them prostitutkon they were in port, and drawing their half pay when they were at sea.
Video journalist: Ben Moore This story was filmed using safe social distancing techniques and if you've been affected by any of the issues in this film you can contact BBC Xtreet Line here. Prostitutes often lived together in groups of three or four, and contemporaries noted the support and aid they gave one another in times of need and distress.
These women provided social as well as sexual services to sailors in port, argues Walkowitz - they housed them, held their money, and prevented them from being exploited by unprincipled lodging-house keepers in their absence. They say that women have been too scared to report violent assaults because they fear being arrested. Charity workers carry out patrols twice a week and hand out bags of supplies to the women, including snacks, face masks and condoms. The Amber Chaplains, who work in Southampton, say women are finding it harder to earn money during lockdown so have been taking more risks.
A common feature of urban life generally, prostitution was particularly prevalent in ports and seaside resorts, where soldiers and sailors on leave provided a ready clientele. Many of them were migrants from the surrounding prostirution, and the research of Judith Walkowitz has shown that a large came from disrupted families, or were orphans.
Coronavirus: Sex workers 'at greater risk of assault' Coronavirus: Sex workers 'at greater risk of assault' no Close Street sex workers are at a greater risk of violent assaults and rape during the coronavirus pandemic, a charity has said. Local police from dock towns often reported large increases in the of prostitutes on the streets after the arrival of a new ship in port. Certainly many locals commented on the wilful independence and impulsive character of streetwalkers.