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Old 16-12-2018, 12:14 PM   #686
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The London police had been forbidden to arrest streetwalkers on prostitution charges without corroborating evidence - this arising from a case which had no evidence in June 1887, leading to a large increase of prostitutes on the streets due to the police reluctance to fall foul of the rules by arresting suspects.

"As a result of Warren’s order arrests for prostitution showed a dramatic decline between 1887 and 1889 as beat officers decided it was better for them to ignore street walkers rather than risk the humiliation that their colleague PC Endacott had endured.
By the time the Jack the Ripper Murders began in August 1888 the local prostitutes felt confident enough to brazenly and publicly solicit for clients and it was almost impossible for a man to walk along certain streets in London without being constantly approached by emboldened street walkers."
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It would therefore seem at face value that the operation had indeed been a police one to deter prostitution in the area near to the hospital. Since morality was involved, the Church police would have been brought in. They would have posed covertly as clients initially in order to confirm the acts of prostitution. A request for money would have sufficed as evidence.
The evidence for the summary execution would have been obtained and retained. That way wrongful arrests could be avoided. The slashing and violent attacks on the bodies left in public places meant to strike fear and terror amongst local prostitutes.

Last edited by grimstock; 16-12-2018 at 06:06 PM.
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