Girls Lured Abroad.
Sad and startling were the statements made recently to a House of Commons Committee as to the wrongs inflicted upon English governesses by bogus agencies in London.
The County Council is seeking power to control employment agencies, and it was in connection with their Bill that the revelations were forthcoming.
Lady Vincent, the President of the Girls Friendly Society of Northern and Central Europe, gave instances of girls sent by London employment agencies to the Continent as governesses, but really for other purposes, and this left them in a miserable position. These girls never paid less than £2 as fees to these agents. They gave no receipts, and no information in writing, so that the Society could not prosecute them. Governesses and typists were sent abvoard to places totally unsuited to them, and but a small proportion of the misery caused to them was known even by the Society, She knew forty or fifty governess agencies herself. Mr Spencer, chief officer of the Control Department of the L.C.C. said the loss of fees was one of the least of the evils. The offer of employment was, in many cases, a mere pretence, aad the real object was to secure young girls for immoral purposes.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905
Girls Lured Abroad. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905
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