Josephine Butler and James Stuart to members

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/20/03
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3918
  • Dates of Creation
      May 1881
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Circular letter. JB writing as Honorary Secretary of the Federation. Giving early notice on the annual international conference of the International Federation to be held in London 20-22 Jun. They draw special attention to the attendance of an official deputation of the Municipal Council of Paris who will present the majority arguments for the abolition of the 'Police des Mouers' and a representative of the minority group will give the arguments for their retention. There will also be a deputation from Belgium who will speak of the traffic in English girls. Delegates from seven other European countries also.

Administrative / Biographical History

'A feature of importance and public interest will be the attendance of an official deputation of the Municipal Council of Paris.' See Notes to letters of 25 Nov 1876 (JB to 'Dear Friends'); and [Feb 1877] JB to Mr Edmondson. 'Valuable information as to the position held by the police in connection with the traffic in English girls exposed by the recent trials in Brussels.' In 1880 the Society of Friends sent Alfred Dyer and George Gillett to make enquiries about the traffic in British girls - admission of girls under sixteen to brothels was forbidden by Belgian penal code. Dyer and Gillett discovered there was such a trade in little girls between the ages of 11-15 from all continental countries but chiefly from Britain. Dyer published a book on this entitled: 'The European slave trade in English girls, a narrative of facts,' 1880. (This went to a 4th edition.) Biog: M. Emile de Lavaleye; Alfred S. Dyer; George Gillett.