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

Le Feuvre, Cathy

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ISBN 10: 0745956998 / ISBN 13: 9780745956992
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Title: The Armstrong Girl: A Child for Sale: The ...

Publisher: Lion Hudson

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In November, 1885, Victorian England was scandalized by a court case which lifted the veil on prostitution and the sex trade. In the Old Bailey dock was the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, which had recently published a series of articles on the sex trade; a reformed brothel keeper; and the second-in-command of The Salvation Army, Bramwell Booth. The group was accused of abducting a 13 year old girl, Eliza Armstrong. They had, in fact, set up the scheme to expose the trade in young women. The resulting scandal triggered the raising of the Age of Consent in Britain from age 13 to 16. Many MPs and other men in positions of power were furious, and the campaigners were indicted under the 1861 Abduction Act. William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, would later be acquitted, but others went to prison, martyrs for justice. The Armstrong Girl is the story of that scandal, and of those who fought for this essential change in the law.

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Cathy Le Feuvre is a writer, journalist, broadcaster, and communications consultant specializing in public relations for religious organizations, churches, and faith groups. She spent seven years as head of media for The Salvation Army (UK). Her career has incorporated work in newspapers, radio, and television including many years as a reporter, presenter, and producer for the BBC and ITV. She is author of William and Catherine.

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