1st PRIZE WINNER OF THE 15th WRITERS NETWORK SCREENPLAY AND FICTION COMPETITION Throughout the 19th century, England was the acknowledged center of the global traffic in white slavery. By 1885, 400,000 young girls had been abducted to fill London’s 10,000 whorehouses, as well as brothels worldwide, whose owners would arrive to attend periodically scheduled auctions at which girls were bought, drugged and smuggled out of the country. Lucy Williamson, a 13 year old Reverend’s daughter, is tricked by her nanny into entering a house, which in actuality is a brothel, where she is imprisoned. This is the story of her resistance to the forces attempting to exploit her and the globe spanning heroic efforts of an ex-Scotland Yard Inspector that led to her eventual rescue. These events are woven within a factual narrative of the attempts by the militant Reform Movement to force Parliament to raise the age of consent, as well as put an end to legalized prostitution and the widespread government corruption it had spawned. They finally succeed in convincing William Stead, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, to publish the “Maiden Tribute,” a four-part exposé, which reveals for the first time, to a totally unaware public, of the existence and extent of this national cancer. Parliament caves in as a result of the explosive public reaction, and passes the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, which the government then simply and summarily ignores. This defiance of the newly passed legislation leads to the outbreak of armed uprisings throughout the country, which carries with them the seeds of a potential civil war. It takes the intervention of Queen Victoria herself to quell the disturbances and enforce compliance with the new law, which puts an end to this sordid period in British history.
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Alvin Bojar, a Harvard Law School grad, has an unusually diverse background, including the financing and production of several motion pictures and Broadway shows to operating a major TV distribution company. He has conducted seminars for the State University system of New York throughout the US, as well as in Canada and the UK, taught classes at the New School of Social Research in New York and also a course in Communications, as Adjunct Professor, for the University of Tampa. He wrote the lead article for the introductory issue of Cogeneration Magazine, has spoken at energy conferences in Washington, DC and New Jersey on the financing of energy cogeneration projects and was a regular contributor to Energy Savings News. T/A Materials, Inc., a company for which he was a founder and Director, and for which he arranged an IPO, was featured on the cover of a Fortune Magazine “500” issue. Mr. Bojar has written several screenplays and TV synopses/storylines. It took more than ten years to research and write “Loss of Innocents,’ which is a true story of one of the most tumultuous, yet mostly forgotten periods in English history. Sadly, it is similar in many respects to what is going on around the world today, and it provides an insightful background on what might be done to control the problems of contemporary worldwide under-aged prostitution.
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