I watched a programme this evening called "Kidnapped: A Georgian Adventure". It was the story of young James Annesley. In 1728, 12-year-old James Annesley was snatched from the streets of Dublin and sold into slavery in America - the victim of a wicked uncle hell-bent on stealing his massive inheritance. The programme traced James's astonishing journey from the top table of 18th century society to its murky depths. The story, which helped inspire Robert Louis Stevenson's book Kidnapped, reveals some disturbing home truths that cast a shadow over the century of the Enlightenment.
What amazed me the most was the extent of the practice of kidnapping young children, usually poor kids, street kids across Britain.
I cant help but wonder if it were still possible like it was in Georgian times, would all these rioters be deported into indentured servitude or slavery
This is how the well to do dealt with the young street kids then. The very word kidnap comes from this practice and it was a convenient way of dealing with the poor and disenfranchised classes. I wonder.