No more astounding relic of the subjection of women survives in western civilization than the status of the prostitute.... In connection with what other illegal vice is the seller alone penalized, and not the buyer?
Crystal Eastman (1881–1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Justice for the Prostitute—Lady Astor's Bill," Equal Rights (September 19, 1925). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).
In England, prostitution was not technically illegal, but prostitutes were routinely arrested and convicted of "solicitation, loitering, etc." Lady Astor had introduced in the House of Commons a bill for "Repeal of the Solicitation Laws."