In the late 1700s it was far too easy for women who didn't 'keep to their place' to be shipped off to the colonies. Frequently all she had to do was become involved with a man from a higher station in life. If she became a nuisance, she became expendable.
Isn't it funny how when you're a child the community regards you with benevolence, then you become a teenager and suddenly you're dangerous goods. This is my tribute to the silent cry of forgotten youth