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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2000
Our public servants have enslaved their masters. PHILIP KALISH La Mirada
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Sylmar couple has pleaded not guilty to accusations that they paid to have a 9-year-old girl smuggled to the U.S. from Central America and forced her to work at their restaurant. Dora Alicia Valle, 50, and her live-in boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval, 40, were charged with one count each of human trafficking and slavery. The girl, now 11, was brought to the Los Angeles area from El Salvador in 2012, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.  The pair allegedly forced the girl to work four days a week at Costa Del Sol, a Pacoima restaurant that Valle owned.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 1991
In his letter July 14 about "white bashing," Alan Stanfill brings up the argument that "blacks made slaves of blacks long before white men did." At the end of the recent PBS discussion "Crisis in the Arts," a spokesman for the Heritage Foundation felt compelled to mention the fact that blacks enslaved blacks in Africa long before we did, although the subject was never even mentioned. Is this being taught in Racism 1A? Why would anyone try to absolve slavery in America? JACK CHANSLER Monrovia
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Madonna appears to be a slave to her celluar phone, and business apparently, as her fervent texting has led to her ban from a movie theater chain. The Material Girl seems to believe she's above movie theater etiquette - namely not texting during a movie - and reportedly texted continuously during a New York Film Festival premiere screening of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," according to several reports. Charles Taylor, a film writer for Salon, partly catalyzed the media maelstrom when he shared an eyewitness account of the incident, which was originally posted on Facebook by one of his former NYU students who chronicled the dispute.
OPINION
September 28, 2005
Re "La Nueva Orleans," Current, Sept. 25 Seldom do I allow the opinions of others to enrage me. The comments by Gregory Rodriguez, in his effort to make his case in support of temporary visas for undocumented workers, have done just that. Rodriguez writes of the immigrant workforce's character, national origins and ethnic makeup going back to 1862. Yet he never mentions the labor of Negroes. The labor of enslaved Negroes built the South. Enslaved Negroes cleared the land and built the flood-control systems.
OPINION
December 21, 2006
Re "Is Obama the new 'black'?" Current, Dec. 17 I like Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) not because he is a black American or a white American but because he is young and brilliant and has a fresh political direction. I like what he has to say and what he wants to do. I don't like the lines being drawn by other African Americans about his "blackness" or that he does not share in the true African American experience. He is a "mixed bag." As Americans, we share a mixed bag of inherited ancestry.
NEWS
November 3, 1985
I read with interest Kathleen Hendrix's article on the Beyond War group ("Beyond War: Movement Takes Disarming Approach to World Tensions," Sept. 15). At one point, she raised the question: Are these people for real? The feeling of unreality was one I had one day as I listened to a presentation by two of the group. I could not believe they had been paying attention to the real world for a long time. Their answers to the few permitted questions were vague and noncommittal. Answers to questions about their source of funds were equally vague and mysterious.
NEWS
December 6, 1996 | Reuters
A Miami area couple faced up to five years in prison after confessing in court that they had beaten, burned and otherwise abused their domestic servant to keep her enslaved to them, U.S. officials said Thursday. Kishin Kumar Mahtani and his wife, Shashi Gobindram, admitted in court Wednesday that they had compelled Francesca Ekka, 23, to work excessive hours in their Miami area home with little or no payment, said the U.S. attorney's office. Police learned of the case Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1994
Alexander Cockburn (Column Left, Jan. 6) is misled by his attraction to the wrong historical analogy. Imperial China is a better model for understanding what's wrong with contemporary America than medieval Europe is. We are not so much divided economically into lords and peasants as we are divided socially into power classes: coolies, landlords, mandarins and the imperial court. But for most of us, the real problem isn't the landlords, it's the mandarins. Planners, regulators, facilitators, coordinators, staff aides, commentators, experts, and every other imaginable category of trained, professional, certified public intellectuals and recognized authorities govern all modern "democracies"--and they govern with an iron hand, under absolute and plenary dispensation from the awesome and distant Court of Heaven.
NEWS
February 25, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly two dozen immigrants--some as young as 13--who were promised a new life in the U.S. instead found themselves enslaved in a prostitution ring, the FBI said. Five members of the Cadena family of Veracruz, Mexico, were charged with multiple counts of smuggling immigrants and holding them prisoner as prostitutes. Rogerio Cadena, 51, was arrested in Fort Myers in front of one of his alleged brothels. Authorities are still searching for the other four suspects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Jack Dolan, Ashley Powers and Paloma Esquivel
The Saudi princess and her family had crossed the globe in May with a passel of servants and settled into one of the labyrinthine luxury communities that dot Orange County. In the earth-toned towers of Irvine's Central Park West, where valets park the BMWs of Saudis and Qataris, a wealthy clan with an entourage spread over four condo units did not seem out of place. Then, early Tuesday, one of the servants darted past the gates and flagged down a bus. The Kenyan woman clutched a suitcase and an unlikely pamphlet.
WORLD
March 19, 2009 | Times News Services
Josef Fritzl reversed his plea and admitted guilt on all charges Wednesday after watching the daughter he locked up and raped for 24 years describe her ordeal in 11 hours of video testimony. The 73-year-old Austrian, who fathered seven children with daughter Elisabeth, admitted enslaving her and killing one of their babies by neglecting to seek medical treatment for the infant. He is likely to face the rest of his life behind bars.
OPINION
January 8, 2009
The story of Shyima Hall, who was brought to this country as a slave at age 10 and forced to work from dawn to midnight in the home of a wealthy Egyptian family living in Irvine, has been told around the world. According to news reports, the child ironed clothes, mopped floors, made beds and groomed the family's hair. She slept in the garage. She did not attend school or have any days off. Now 19, Shyima had been leased to Amal and Nasser Ibrahim by her mother when they lived in Egypt.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2007 | From Newsday
A federal judge said Wednesday that a Long Island couple charged with enslaving two Indonesian women could be released on bail, provided that their mansion is turned into a temporary prison pending the outcome of their trial. U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt said the couple, Varsha Sabhnani and her husband, Mahender Sabhnani, could be released to their home under a set of unusual conditions. "For all practical purposes," their home will be turned into "a jail at their own expense," Platt said.
OPINION
December 21, 2006
Re "Is Obama the new 'black'?" Current, Dec. 17 I like Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) not because he is a black American or a white American but because he is young and brilliant and has a fresh political direction. I like what he has to say and what he wants to do. I don't like the lines being drawn by other African Americans about his "blackness" or that he does not share in the true African American experience. He is a "mixed bag." As Americans, we share a mixed bag of inherited ancestry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
An Irvine couple who pleaded guilty to enslaving a 10-year-old Egyptian girl were sentenced to federal prison Monday and ordered to pay her more than $76,000 in back wages. Abdel Nasser Youssef Ibrahim was sentenced to 36 months in custody, and his former wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd El Motelib, was sentenced to 22 months, by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in Santa Ana. After the hearing, immigration agents arrested the couple on suspicion of being in the United States on expired visitor visas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1999
A 41-year-old Colton woman was arraigned in Pomona Superior Court on Tuesday on charges that she tortured her slightly mentally retarded daughter for years and kept her out of school--alleged crimes that could bring a life sentence. As her family and friends watched, Maria Carmen Salcedo of Colton entered a not-guilty plea and was ordered held in lieu of $1-million bail.
NATIONAL
September 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rulers of the United Arab Emirates were accused in a lawsuit of enslaving tens of thousands of boys over three decades and forcing them to work as jockeys in the popular sport of camel racing. The lawsuit was filed last week by unnamed parents of boys suspected of being abducted, sold and enslaved. They claim more than 30,000 boys may have been victimized and are seeking class-action status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Six North Korean defectors -- the first refugees the U.S. has admitted from the totalitarian nation -- arrived in Southern California on Saturday bearing accounts of famine, sexual enslavement, torture and repression. The group was met at Los International Airport by leaders of four large Korean congregations in Southern California, all members of the Korean Church Coalition, which has pushed the government to take in North Korean refugees.
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