The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey

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Lydia Harvey was meant to disappear. She was young and working class; she’d walked the streets, worked in brothels, and had no money of her own. In 1910, politicians, pimps, policemen and moral reformers saw her as just one of many ‘girls who disappeared’. But when she took the stand to give testimony at the trial of her traffickers, she ensured she’d never be forgotten. Historian Julia Laite traces Lydia’s extraordinary life from her home in New Zealand to the streets of Buenos Aires and safe houses of London. She also reveals the lives of international traffickers Antonio Carvelli and his mysterious wife Marie, the policemen who tracked them down, the journalists who stoked the scandal, and Eilidh MacDougall, who made it her life’s mission to help women who’d been abused and disbelieved.

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‘Brilliantly summons up one girl’s life, dreams and suffering. It’s ingenious history writing’ Mail on Sunday1910, Wellington, New Zealand. Lydia Harvey is sixteen, working long hours for low pay, when a glamorous couple invite her to Buenos Aires. She accepts – and disappears.London, England. Amid a global panic about sex trafficking, detectives are tracking a ring of international criminals when they find a young woman on the streets of Soho who might be the key to cracking the whole case.As more people are drawn into Lydia’s life and the trial at the Old Bailey, the world is being reshaped into a new, global era. Choices are being made – about who gets to cross borders, whose stories matter and what justice looks like – that will shape the next century. In this immersive account, historian Julia Laite traces Lydia Harvey through the fragments she left behind to build an extraordinary story of aspiration, exploitation and survival – and one woman trying to build a life among the forces of history.

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Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 3 cm
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Paperback

Pages

432

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

364.1551 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K