Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885  

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The Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 (48 & 49 Victoria Cap. 69), or "An Act to make further provision for the Protection of Women and Girls, the suppression of brothels, and other purposes", was the latest in a twenty-five year series of legislation in the United Kingdom beginning with the Offences Against The Person Act 1861 that raised the age of consent and delineated the penalties for sexual offences against women and minors. It also strengthened existing legislation against prostitution and recriminalized male homosexuality. This act was also notable for the circumstances of its passage in Parliament.

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