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The Armstrong Girl A child for sale: the battle against the Victorian sex trade Cathy Le Feuvre

19 Jun 2015
288 pages: 130 x 198 mm

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.
Cathy Le Feuvre is a freelance writer, broadcaster, journalist and communications consultant. Her career has incorporated work in newspapers, radio and television, including many years for the BBC and ITV in the United Kingdom, and work as a media consultant for religious organisations, churches and faith groups. She spent seven years, five as Head of Media, at The Salvation Army (UK) which also happens to be her church of choice. Cathy currently juggles work in her home island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, where she is a part-time producer and on-air presenter for BBC Radio Jersey with writing for a variety of outlets and offering media delivery and strategic advice for national and international faith-based agencies.

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