"The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon" - W. T. Stead - Pall Mall Gazette



W.T. Stead's sensational undercover series on "white slavery," child prostitution in and exported from London, featured the work of two women posing undercover as prostitutes and the purchase, by Stead himself, of a 13-year-old girl.


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Effects and Outcomes

The Maiden Voyage series was Stead's most influential work, prompting the passage of Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. As part of the story, Stead purchased a 13-year-old girl from her parents. The sensation of the series, which was an instant hit, quite possibly led to the ultimate backfiring of Stead's work: for the undercover purchasing of the girl, Eliza Armstrong, he was convicted an imprisoned for abduction and procurement.

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