The Armstrong Girl: A Child for Sale: The Battle Against the Victorian Sex Trade

The Armstrong Girl: A Child for Sale: The Battle Against the Victorian Sex Trade

by Cathy Le Feuvre, Meryl Doney

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Overview

In 1885 Victorian England was scandalized by a court case that lifted the veil on prostitution and the sex trade. In the Old Bailey dock stood W.T. Stead, the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, which had recently published a series of articles on the sex trade; Rebecca Jarrett, a reformed brothel keeper; and the second-in-command of The Salvation Army, Bramwell Booth. They were accused of abducting a thirteen-year-old girl, Eliza Armstrong, apparently buying her for the purpose of prostitution. In fact they had done this as a sensational exposé of the trade in young girls. The scandal triggered a massive petition and ultimately resulted in the raising of the British age of consent from thirteen to sixteen. Today human trafficking is once again making world headlines - as are recent calls to lower the age of consent. Eliza's story is a thrilling account of what can be achieved by those brave enough to believe that change is not only possible but has to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745956992
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cathy Le Feuvre is a writer, journalist, broadcaster, and communications consultant specialising in public relations for religious organizations, churches, and faith groups. She spent seven years as Head of Media, for The Salvation Army (UK), which also happens to be her church of choice. Her career has incorporated work in newspapers, radio, and television including many years as a reporter, presenter, and producer for the BBC and ITV. Cathy writes for various outlets and as a communications consultant advises on and manages media delivery and campaigns for national and international organisations and agencies as well as advising and training in PR media delivery and strategy, and crisis and reputation management.MERYL DONEY is a freelance writer and editor. She has written more than 50 books for both adults and children. Her most recent publications include The Art of Prayer (Lion 1999).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Eliza in the Witness Box 9

Chapter 2 Sex and Victorian Society 15

Chapter 3 Rebecca Jarrett's Story 21

Chapter 4 Rebecca Meets The Salvation Army 29

Chapter 5 The Age of the Innocents 39

Chapter 6 Introducing William Thomas Stead 47

Chapter 7 Mr Stead, the Editor 55

Chapter 8 Getting the Girl 67

Chapter 9 The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon 79

Chapter 10 "A Child of 13 Bought for £5" 87

Chapter 11 An International Sensation 97

Chapter 12 "Filth and Obscenity" 109

Chapter 13 Getting Personal 121

Chapter 14 A Two-and-a-Half-Mile-Long Petition 129

Chapter 15 A Case of Abduction 139

Chapter 16 The Road to the Old Bailey 151

Chapter 17 On Trial 159

Chapter 18 Mother and Father in Court 165

Chapter 19 The Case for the Prosecution 177

Chapter 20 The Defence Begins 191

Chapter 21 Stead on the Stand 197

Chapter 22 The Defence Wraps Up 211

Chapter 23 Verdict 225

Chapter 24 Prison 233

Epilogue 247

A Note from the Author 257

Endnotes 261

Bibliography 279

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