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 exposÃ© 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.
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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).