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abortion

abortion  

There is no actual prohibition in the Bible against aborting a foetus. Nevertheless, in the unanimously accepted Jewish consensus, abortion is a very serious offence, though foeticide is not treated ...
Al Capone

Al Capone  

(1899–1947)US gangster who built up a notoriously successful criminal empire in Chicago during the 1920s.Capone was born in Naples but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A member of the infamous Five ...
antinomianism

antinomianism  

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The belief held by various sects, but particularly by radical protestant movements of the 16th and 17th centuries, that certain chosen Christians are by faith or by predestination unable to sin, and ...
Aphrodite

Aphrodite  

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In Greek mythology, the goddess of beauty, fertility, and sexual love. She is variously described as the daughter of Zeus and Dione, or as being born from the sea. Her cult was of Eastern origin, ...
Aspasia

Aspasia  

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Milesian‐born partner of Pericles from c.445 bc when he divorced his wife. She is said to have taught rhetoric, and to have had discussions with Socrates. She was the target of attacks and jokes in ...
Bankside

Bankside  

In the sixteenth century, part of London's suburbs on the south bank of the Thames, opposite St Paul's Cathedral. Set in Surrey, free from the control of the Lord Mayor ...
birth control

birth control  

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Any method that is used to reduce births, including celibacy, delayed marriage, contraception, and sterilization. See also family planning.
black market

black market  

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Trading which violates rationing or price control laws, usually both. Black markets can by definition exist only when governments attempt to control prices or ration quantities.
brothel

brothel  

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Premises kept for the purpose of providing commercial sex services. Legislative definitions may exclude premises from which a single worker operates (e.g. Restricted Premises Act 1943 (NSW)). See ...
Byzantine secular music

Byzantine secular music  

Patronized by the Byzantine court from the 4th century until the empire’s fall (1453) in dramas, pantomimes, ballets, banquets, pagan and political festivals, Olympic games, and court ceremonies. ...
Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm  

(1808–77),born near Northampton, England, arrived in Australia in 1838 with her husband and family, settling at Windsor. Deeply concerned at the plight of immigrants who could find no employment ...
causing or inciting or controlling prostitution

causing or inciting or controlling prostitution  

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The offence of organizing or encouraging the sale of sexual services. For the first time, ss 48 to 50 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 introduce specific offences relating to causing inciting or ...
CD Acts

CD Acts  

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The first of the British Contagious Diseases (or CD) Acts was passed in 1864, as an exceptional measure intended to protect the health of soldiers and sailors in eight garrison ...
charity

charity  

N.A body (corporate or not) established for one of the charitable purposes pecified by statute (see charitable trust). A charity is subject to the control of the High Court in the exercise of its ...
common prostitute

common prostitute  

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A person who is a prostitute and ‘who engages for reward in acts of lewdness with all and sundry’: R v Morris‐Lowe [1985] 1 WLR 29. A person who offers or provides sexual services to another person ...
concubinage

concubinage  

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A form of authorized sexual relationship outside marriage, distinct from polygyny insofar as it does not typically include rights of inheritance.
Constitutional Court of South Africa

Constitutional Court of South Africa  

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The Constitutional Court is the highest court in all cases concerning South Africa's Constitution. It was born out of the 1993 negotiated settlement between the white apartheid government, the ...
Convicts

Convicts  

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Were transported from Britain as forced labour to the American and West Indian colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but nineteenth-century Australia was to become the site of the ...
corruption of public morals

corruption of public morals  

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Conduct “destructive of the [moral] fabric of society”. It is uncertain if such acts are crimes, although those who published “directories” of prostitutes or magazine advertisements encouraging ...
Courtesans

Courtesans  

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Prostitution was a familiar feature of the ancient urban landscape. A broad spectrum of individuals engaged in commercial sex: males, females, foreigners, slaves, and freed persons. They worked under ...

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