Lower Class Prostitutes

Literary Representations
Lorettes and society

Lower Class Prostitutes and the Law
Representations in Les Miserables
Realities of Authority in Paris
Brothels and Streetwalkers

The Privileged Class: Courtesans

Defining the courtesan
Visual representations
Courtesans in reality




Causes of Registered and Unregistered Prostitution in 19th Century Paris

As we discovered in the case of Fantine, the majority of women who were forced into prostitution did so because they were alone and impoverished, or had a family to support and no immediate job prospects. This chart, compiled from Alexandre Parent-Duchatelet's famous study of prostitution in Paris in the early 19th century, shows a more detailed breakdown of why women went into this dishonored, stigmatized line of work. Alexandre Parent-Duchatlet noted in his famous study of prostitution that often, prostitutes were unfit to do any sort of menial labor, which may have been why they chose prostitution.

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