General

And in those Victorian factories and mills the girls, who made up most of the workers, aged about fourteen to twenty, were the de-facto harem of the mill owner. Perhaps only one girl in ninety-nine managed to say, "No." And the babies of married women and those who were not were away from their mothers from 5am to 8pm. As the babies languished in the care of the very young, the very old, and often doped up on opioids to keep them quiet, milk ran freely down the mother's clothing. Those whom survived were ill-suited for future family life, so accustomed to isolation and no loving care. These were our great grandparents, parents to our grandparents, these traumas still evident in the stories of neglect and poor mental health today.