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Inspector Minahan Makes a Stand: The Missing Girls of England

Bridget O'Donnell


9780330544658

Picador


History;
British & Irish history;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900;
Social & cultural history;
Ethical issues: prostitution & sex industry


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384 pages

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In Victorian London, the age of consent was just thirteen. Unwitting girls were regularly enticed, tricked and sold into prostitution. If not marked out for a gentleman in a city brothel, they were legally trafficked to Brussels, Paris and beyond. All the while, the Establishment turned a blind eye. That is, until one policeman wrote an incendiary report. 

Disgraced for testifying against a violent colleague, Irish inspector Jeremiah Minahan was transferred to the backwater of Chelsea as punishment. Here he met Mary Jeffries, a notorious trafficker and procuress who counted Cabinet members and royalty among her clientele. Within days of reporting Jeffries, Minahan was unceremoniously forced out of the Metropolitan Police. So he turned private detective, setting out to expose the peers and politicians more interested in shielding their own positions (and peccadilloes) than London's child prostitutes.

The findings Minahan did reveal in 1885 sparked national outrage: riots, arrests, a tabloid war and a sensational trial...other secrets were so fearful he took them to his grave, where they remained - until now.

This is the true tale of a man caught between a corrupt English Establishment and his own rebel heart: a very Victorian scandal, but also, a story for our times.Victorian London: slums and stucco, strict morals and dark secrets. The sex trade in vulnerable young English girls was booming, fuelled by lax laws and lucrative trafficking to the brothels of Paris and Brussels.

Chelsea's most `exclusive establishment' counted cabinet members and royalty amongst its clientele. In the searing summer of 1885, the situation hit the headlines. There were arrests, riots, a tabloid scandal and a sensational trial - and one man lit the touchpaper. He was Jeremiah Minahan, Irish ex-inspector, exposer of corruption, rebel with a cause. This is his extraordinary story, and that of the women he helped to protect. It is a very Victorian scandal, but also, a tale for our time.

By:   Bridget O'Donnell
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   321g
ISBN:   9780330544658
ISBN 10:   0330544659
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   July 2013
Recommended Age:   16
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bridget O'Donnell is a former BBC producer and director. She has written for various newspapers, incuding the Guardian, and recently completed with distinction an MA in Creative Non-Fiction at City University. She lives in London with her family. This is her first book.


'A riveting book, deeply shocking one moment, rich in absurdity the next' Daily Mail 'Captures all the colour of a Victorian melodrama' Independent 'Plunges us deep into a late-Victorian, fog-bound London' Mail on Sunday 'Vividly depicts a system of double standards in which much of the Establishment was implicated' Sunday Times

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