A Paper on 'Purity and the Prevention of the Degradation of Women and Children'.

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ... sex), and the like. The law as regards the first class is fully treated in Paper C. The present paper is confined to the law as to the second class of offenders, which is only incidentally there mentioned. I.--There is a difficulty in separately stating any law for the protection of the young as against ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ... sex), and the like. The law as regards the first class is fully treated in Paper C. The present paper is confined to the law as to the second class of offenders, which is only incidentally there mentioned. I.--There is a difficulty in separately stating any law for the protection of the young as against third parties. The fact is that the law has not hitherto made any special provision for the purpose. If the law as stated in Paper C be examined, it will be seen that, except in cases of fraud, conspiracy, or rape, the law gives only (1) General protection to the girl herself up to 13, by making consent at any earlier age of no avail as a defence; and (2) Protection to her parents and guardians against her abduction up to 16, or, if she have property, up to 21. The first of these laws--apart from its inadequacy--is aimed only at the seducer or vicious man. If the trader is punishable for corrupting the young, it is only as an accessory or assistant in the crime (if any) committed by his customer. In order to convict under the second law (against abduction) it would have to be shown (a) That the girl left her home under the persuasion of the accused, (£) That she had parents or guardians and was in their charge, and (c) That her enticer knew she was in the charge of her parents or guardians. This law, therefore, has a very limited operation. II.--It may be imagined, and it is certainly the fact, that these laws are wholly ineffectual to deal with the large majority of such cases as actually arise. What frequently happens is this:--An unruly girl of 15, 16, or 17, quarrels with her parents, or employers, and runs off. She has nowhere to go, and no money to pay for a respectable lodging. The keeper of some bad house harbours her and sells her to the first...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781151484963
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 30
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.06 (d)

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