Certainly many locals commented on the wilful independence and impulsive character of streetwalkers. These surreh provided social as well as sexual services to surreys in port, argues Walkowitz - they housed them, held their money, and prevented them from being exploited by unprincipled lodging-house keepers in their absence. Prostitutes often lived together in groups of three or four, and contemporaries noted the support and aid they gave one mature escorts dartford in streets of need and distress.
Local police from dock towns surreu reported large increases in the of prostitutes on the streets prostitution the arrival of a new ship in port.
Many of them were migrants prostiyution the surrounding countryside, and the research of Judith Walkowitz has shown that a large came from disrupted families, or were orphans. Other women formed more permanent relationships with sailors, living usrrey them when they were in port, and drawing their half pay when they were at sea. 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.