Patron Saint of Prostitutes

Patron Saint of Prostitutes

Josephine Butler and A Victorian Scandal

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The charismatic campaigner who fought Victorian exploitation of vulnerable women, and the state organization of prostitutionThe "steel rape" of women is a scandal that is almost forgotten today. In Victorian England, police forces were granted powers to force any woman they suspected of being a "common prostitute" to undergo compulsory medical examinations. Women who refused to submit willingly, some as young as 13, could be arrested and incarcerated. The scandal was exposed by Josephine Butler, a beautiful, evangelical campaigner who did not rest until she had ended the violation and helped repeal the Act that governed it. She went on to campaign against child prostitution and the trafficking of frightened girls to government-planned brothels in India, and was instrumental in raising the age of consent from 13 to 16. She challenged taboos and conventions in order to campaign for the rights of women. Her story is compelling and unforgettable.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : The History Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780750957526
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (288 pages).

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