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Traffickers on trial: the sensational case of Lydia Harvey

In 1910 Lydia Harvey seemed to disappear. Julia Laite delves into her story – one of exploitation, sex and the vagaries of justice – and the trial that brought it to light

Published: April 2, 2021 at 12:16 pm
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In 1910, a sixteen-year-old girl named Lydia Harvey walked onto a steamship, sailed away from New Zealand and disappeared. She had been ensnared by two traffickers, who transported her Buenos Aires. Julia Laite uncovers Lydia’s journey, from a young girl coerced into prostitution to a star witness in a trial against her traffickers.

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Julia Laite is the author of The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey (Profile, 2021)


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