In the words of Laura McLaren: An end to exploitation
Laura shone a light on the sexual abuse of girls and young women - raising a topic not normally talked about in 'polite society' and championing an end to White Slave Trafficking.
"The home is the centre of our national life, and nowhere can you have a happy home unless you have a happy woman in it. Women are asking for their fair share of that happiness which comes from a little independence, a power of steering their own destinies, whether as maids or as wives. They ask for a fair share of inherited money, an equal right with men to work at any trade or profession in which a living can be earned, for payment of wages to women equal to that given to men for the same work, and for an equal share with men of opportunity for that higher culture which sustains the mind in trouble and gives to life that joy which is independent of worldly things. Working women ask for the protection against the brutality of husbands, young and innocent girls ask adequate punishment for men who wrong them, overburdened mothers need the help of creches and cooperative institutions, and rich women who have servants to tend them require to be employed in useful work. Never, we are convinced, can justice be done to women until women themselves are permitted to vote for members of Parliament, and thus have a direct voice in the making of laws. Therefore we ask for the elective franchise." - The Discontent of Women, The Standard (December 4, 1911)
In 1912 Laura lobbied for the White Slave Traffic Bill to crush the precurement of girls for prostitution: "Lady Aberconway declared that there was a vast world-wide conspiracy against girls – everywhere, and in our own midst. These girls were being ruthlessly trapped, sold like cattle, kept in slavery worse than anything which the world had ever conceived. There were joint stock companies, it appeared, in which people bought shares, just as they would in a colliery, and the object of these great companies was to steal innocent young girls and sell them into houses of vice." - A World-wide Conspiracy, Nottingham Guardian (November 1912)