Added: July 4, 2015 – Last updated: July 4, 2015


Author: Cathy Le Feuvre

Title: The Armstrong Girl

Subtitle: A child for sale: the battle against Victorian sex trade

Place: Oxford

Publisher: Lion Books

Year: 2015

Pages: 288pp.

ISBN-13: 9780745956992 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780745968216 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | English History | Cases: Victims / Eliza Armstrong; Types: Child Prostitution; Victims: Girls


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  Chapter 1: Eliza in the Witness Box (p. 9)
  Chapter 2: Sex and Victorian Society (p. 15)
  Chapter 3: Rebecca Jarrett's Story (p. 21)
  Chapter 4: Rebecca Meets The Salvation Army (p. 29)
  Chapter 5: The Age of the Innocents (p. 39)
  Chapter 6: Introducing William Thomas Stead (p. 47)
  Chapter 7: Mr Stead, the Editor (p. 55)
  Chapter 8: Getting the Girl (p. 67)
  Chapter 9: The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon (p. 79)
  Chapter 10: "A Child of 13 Bought for £5" (p. 87)
  Chapter 11: An International Sensation (p. 97)
  Chapter 12: "Filth and Obscenity" (p. 109)
  Chapter 13: Getting Personal (p. 121)
  Chapter 14: A Two-and-a-Half-Mile-Long Petition (p. 129)
  Chapter 15: A Case of Abduction (p. 139)
  Chapter 16: The Road to the Old Bailey (p. 151)
  Chapter 17: On Trial (p. 159)
  Chapter 18: Mother and Father in Court (p. 165)
  Chapter 19: The Case for the Prosecution (p. 177)
  Chapter 20: The Defence Begins (p. 191)
  Chapter 21: Stead on the Stand (p. 197)
  Chapter 22: The Defence Wraps Up (p. 211)
  Chapter 23: Verdict (p. 225)
  Chapter 24: Prison (p. 233)
  Epilogue (p. 247)
  A Note from the Author (p. 257)
  Endnotes (p. 261)
  Bibliography (p. 279)

Description: »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.« (Source: Lion Hudson)

Wikipedia: Eliza Armstrong case, Bramwell Booth, Rebecca Jarrett, William Thomas Stead: The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon