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February 1, 2006 | Amberin Zaman, Special to The Times
This nation has become one of the largest markets in the trafficking of women from nearby former Soviet states who have been forced into prostitution, with profits from the illicit sex trade in Turkey an estimated $3.6 billion last year and growing, an international agency said in a report released Tuesday. About 5,000 women, more than half from Moldova and Ukraine, are believed to be working as sex slaves in Turkey, an agency official said.
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OPINION
March 14, 2014
Re "Dim view of orca bill in San Diego," March 9 Breeding, capturing, selling or imprisoning orcas should be banned. Most of all, forcing them to perform should be illegal. These magnificent denizens of the deep (and not of Sea World's shallow ponds) are the slaves of the animal world. Forced to perform unnatural acts for food and care, they are far from freedom in the pods to which they belong. The excuse that they are essential to the economy of San Diego is akin to one of the excuses for the sorry chapter of our past known as slavery.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1998
Re "The Faces of Slavery," editorial, Oct. 26: Thank you for saying what all Americans must someday understand and accept. Slavery is the history of us all. Only when we understand this will we truly be able to bury racism and bigotry in its permanent grave. TOM HENNESSY Altadena
OPINION
March 7, 2014
Re "Waiting for 'Years,'" March 4 When a significant segment of the American experience can be artfully portrayed as slavery was in "12 Years a Slave," perhaps we have matured enough to embrace other significant parts of our history. Some brave filmmaker should step forward and bring his or her art to the American experience of 1862, when President Lincoln was dealing with the Emancipation Proclamation on one hand while on the other agonizing over the execution order for the 300 American Indians involved in Minnesota's Sioux Uprising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slave, forced to cook and clean inside the home of a wealthy Irvine family and, at night, sleep on a squalid mattress in a windowless garage. On Thursday, the Egyptian-born 22-year-old stood before a federal judge in Montebello with nearly 900 others and was sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizen. The ceremony capped a hard-scrabble journey that began with Hall's rescue, wound through the foster care system and ended with her living on her own, working, and with ambitions to become a federal agent.
OPINION
March 14, 2014
Re "Dim view of orca bill in San Diego," March 9 Breeding, capturing, selling or imprisoning orcas should be banned. Most of all, forcing them to perform should be illegal. These magnificent denizens of the deep (and not of Sea World's shallow ponds) are the slaves of the animal world. Forced to perform unnatural acts for food and care, they are far from freedom in the pods to which they belong. The excuse that they are essential to the economy of San Diego is akin to one of the excuses for the sorry chapter of our past known as slavery.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Mississippi forgot something. Fully 148 years after the end of the Civil War and the U.S. end to slavery, the state has officially ratified the 13th Amendment ban on the practice. The state thought the amendment had already been ratified by its Legislature. Turns out it hadn't, at least in the eyes of federal record-keepers. "It was never transmitted to the national archivist to be put on the record," Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the Mississippi secretary of state, told The Times.
NATIONAL
June 18, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Barraged by expressions of outrage, Adidas announced Monday evening that it's pulling a shoe design that critics say evokes slavery. The design, by eccentric Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott, features a plastic set of shackles. Initially it was met with disbelief, then fury, especially in online arenas. On Twitter, the shoes were labeled "Adidas slave shackle kicks. " Talk of a boycott arose. Early Monday, Adidas defended the shoes as the handiwork of a whimsical designer.
OPINION
July 11, 2008
Re "No way that China will settle for silver," July 8 Let's get this straight: 6- and 7-year-olds are "plucked" from their families, spend years and years in intense training and are expected to do what they're told without complaining -- with little or no say on whether they'd like to participate in this quest for "national glory." Sounds like some form of slavery to me. Or, at the very least, a human rights violation. With China's dismal human rights record, why on Earth was it awarded an Olympic Games in the first place?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 1998
Slavery is not entertaining, but then again, every movie isn't meant to entertain ("How Entertaining Is Slavery?" by Greg Braxton, Oct. 18). We all need to realize that movies teach, inform and disturb. It's an art form and art is supposed to wake us up, maybe show us something that we didn't know before we came in contact with it. Braxton tells the story of the African American woman who ran out of the theater during "Amistad." The Middle Passage scenes of slaves being whipped, starved, abused and murdered on a slave ship are horrifying.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By John Horn
Not long after Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last August, a friend cautioned the British director that his movie was "more important than you. " It turned out to be far truer than anyone, including McQueen, might have guessed. Nearly half a year after McQueen's searing retelling of the 1841 enslavement of Solomon Northup was first shown to moviegoers, "12 Years a Slave" remains the year's hot button movie, with McQueen the thoughtful and sometimes stubborn voice at the center of the conversation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - For the second straight year, a story taken from the pages of American history triumphed at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, with "12 Years a Slave" winning prizes for best film and for leading actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. In a mild upset, Alfonso Cuarón, director of the space odyssey "Gravity," beat out "12 Years a Slave's" Steve McQueen as best director. Cate Blanchett took lead actress honors for "Blue Jasmine" and promptly dedicated her award to the memory of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this month of an apparent drug overdose.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - In the film "12 Years a Slave," free black man Solomon Northup dreams of one thing during his long captivity in the antebellum South: returning to his family and home in Saratoga Springs. In the film, as Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, undergoes grueling labor and horrific punishment on a series of Southern plantations, Saratoga Springs becomes a promised land, its name uttered with a sense of longing and hope. Yet mention Northup's name to many locals in modern-day Saratoga Springs or ask about the memoir or movie that tells his story and they'll raise an eyebrow, largely unaware of the man and his legacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Amasa Delano, a New England sea captain sailing off the Chilean coast in February 1805, thought he was helping a ship in distress when he boarded the Tryal with an offer of food, water and assistance. Adrift in dangerous waters, its worn hull covered with barnacles and trailing seaweed, the Tryal was, indeed, in distress. But not in the manner Delano suspected. The Tryal was a Spanish slaver on which the slaves had revolted two months earlier, killing most of their captors while sparing Capt.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Five black actors, ranging from a television superstar to a Somali-born newcomer, have earned Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for their film performances, a reflection of an especially strong year for movies featuring actors of color. The movie that won the most film nominations was "12 Years a Slave. " Steve McQueen's unblinking portrait of slavery received four nominations, including for cast in a motion picture. "Lee Daniels' The Butler," about a White House servant who is a witness to civil rights history, collected three nominations, one of them for talk show host and mogul Oprah Winfrey.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
DETROIT - Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension. But the city's recent plunge into bankruptcy - overseen by an outside emergency manager answerable to the state government, not the citizens of Detroit - makes her wonder whether she and other African American residents of the impoverished city will be able to stop Wall Street creditors from seizing what's left of a municipal treasury they paid into for most of their lives.
OPINION
May 9, 2002
The American public appears to be almost completely in the dark concerning a worldwide problem: slavery. "Smuggling by Airline Guards Feared" (May 6) states, "In one LAX case two years ago, two employees of a security firm pleaded guilty to federal charges for trying to smuggle in three Thai women who arrived as transit passengers on a Korean Air flight from Seoul. "The scheme, foiled by the employees' supervisor, involved swapping the women--allegedly destined for employment at a massage parlor--with three impostors who were to take their outbound seats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1997
I think a governmental apology for slavery is a wonderful idea (June 13-14). In fact, it's such a wonderful idea that it's already enshrined in the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments of the Constitution. Those who do not regard this as sufficient might want to check out such locales as Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg--and a certain mausoleum in Illinois--where the apology was issued in blood. On a less visceral note, it should be pointed out that the U.S. government never enslaved anyone.
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
One of the fundamental questions of our representative democracy is the role our proxies - that is, those we elect as our voices in Washington, to serve our interests in state capitals and speak for us at City Halls and on county boards - are obliged to play. Should they channel the impulse of their constituents, as expressed by a majority, or act on the desires of a fractional but vocal minority? Or should they, vested with the wisdom, experience and unique insight that comes from serving in a government and dealing with problems firsthand (please stop rolling your eyes)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By John Horn
From the start, Fox Searchlight was confident that "12 Years a Slave" would win critical acclaim and be an awards contender. Getting people to see it? The film's distributor feared that would be a different story. The new movie depicts the evils of slavery in painful and unflinching ways. Scenes include lynchings and whippings, rape and the separation of young children from their mother. Many people go to the movies for a couple of hours of escapism; "12 Years a Slave" is anything but. ON LOCATION: '12 Years a Slave' British director Steve McQueen "has no intention of making audiences the slightest bit comfortable with this terrible story" of a free black man kidnapped and enslaved in antebellum Louisiana, Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan noted in his review.
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