Offentlig prostitution i 1800-tallets København

Amalie Pallesen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


The purpose of this paper is to research the decisions made to control prostitution in 19th century Copenhagen, as well as investigate the validity of the argument of forcing certain women into regulated prostitution. I seek to furthermore analyze the ethical problems and questions that occurred during the process of creating the law of 1874, regarding regulated prostitution. For this paper I have chosen to use contemporary historians Karin Lützen and Merete Bøge Pedersen, as well as available historical source materials dating from the period of interest. The analysis shows that the argument for forcing certain women into regulated prostitution, was built on the notion that prostituted women were a danger to society, and therefore needed to be controlled, in order to limit the spreading of venereal diseases such as syphilis. Due to this justification, forcing women into regulated prostitution was considered the most effective means of controlling venereal disease.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider27
VejledereKarin Cohr Lützen


  • Prostitution
  • offentlig fruentimmer
  • København i 1800-tallet