Lucy A Smyth is an IT consultant, who runs UglyMugs.ie, an online sex worker safety scheme.
UglyMugs.ie improves the safety of sex workers and reduces crime, by bringing sex workers together to share information with each other about potential dangers. It’s available as a website and via mobile applications for Apple/iOS and Android. Thousands of sex workers rely on UglyMugs.ie every day to improve their safety. Since 2009 sex workers have made over 14,000 reports to UglyMugs.ie.
Lucy’s other interest is modern history, especially around sex work, policing and other issues relating to ‘fallen women’ in the UK and Ireland.
You can follow her at @reclusiveblonde
Cesare Lombroso (1835 – 1909) was an Italian physician famous for his work in criminal anthropology. He put forward the determinist theory that criminal behaviour is caused by biological factors, that criminals are ‘born criminals’, and innately different to non-criminals. Although most of Lombroso’s work has been scientifically discredited, his influence has proved to be so considerable that he is regarded as the ‘father of criminology’. Nowhere can Lombroso’s legacy be seen more clearly than in the treatment of female offenders.