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June 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in central China have rescued 217 people, including 29 children, who had been forced to work as slaves at brick kilns, official media reported. More than 35,000 officers were mobilized to raid 7,500 kilns in Henan province during a three-day campaign that ended Tuesday, the New China News Agency reported. They detained 120 suspects, it said.
June 16, 1991 | TINA DAUNT
It's a tradition that Angela Childs Montgomery wants to pass on to her 6-year-old son. Every year when she was living in the South, she attended the annual celebration of "Juneteenth," a holiday marking the end of slavery. So this year, Montgomery, who recently moved to Oxnard, brought Dean to the local celebration at the city's Community Center Park. Throughout the day, about 150 people attended the event, which included dancing, singing and food booths.
More than four years after the Ecclesia Athletic Assn.'s neighbors in Oregon began complaining that the Watts-based group was abusing children in its rural commune, the group's controversial leader, Eldridge Broussard Jr., and seven followers were arrested Friday on charges of enslaving dozens of children.
April 10, 2010
What was Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell thinking when he declared April to be Confederate History Month without mentioning slavery? None of the possibilities are encouraging: Maybe he wanted to pander to Virginians who, even now, romanticize what used to be called the War of Northern Aggression. Perhaps he thought mentioning slavery, the overarching if not the only issue in the war, would be bad for tourism and economic development. Or he simply lacked what is sometimes called moral imagination.
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.
November 24, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A lumber mill worker convicted of abducting a young woman and holding her in bondage for seven years as his sex slave was sentenced here Friday to 104 years in state prison. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clarence Knight said he imposed the maximum sentence on Cameron Hooker because of the "cruelty and viciousness of the crimes." Knight called the 31-year-old defendant "the most dangerous psychopath I have ever encountered."
October 3, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The City Council voted unanimously to require firms that do business with the city to disclose past ties to slavery, a measure that lawmakers say could help descendants of slaves win reparations. The council approved the ordinance requiring disclosure from companies that held or issued insurance policies covering slaves. The proposal initially targeted only insurance companies. Alderman Dorothy Tillman amended it before the vote to cover all companies that do business with the city.
October 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Brown University acknowledged its co-founders were linked to the slave trade, and said it would establish memorials, forums and a research center to educate its students and the public about the practice. A 106-page report, "Slavery and Justice," released on the institution's website, also recommended that the Providence university rewrite its history to include the role the Brown family had in the slave trade.
State and federal agents raided a garment factory in El Monte early Wednesday that allegedly held dozens of Thai immigrants in virtual slavery behind barbed wire for years, forcing them to labor in servitude to supposedly pay off creditors. The pre-dawn raid by a multi-agency team headed by the California Department of Industrial Relations discovered more than 60 Thai nationals living and working at a gated apartment complex ringed with barbed wire and spiked fences.
March 27, 1994
As a teacher and descendant of slaves, I find it highly ironic, paradoxical and extremely contradictory that Disney can sponsor the American Teacher Awards celebrating excellence in teaching, but is afraid to offend by accurately and realistically depicting slavery and the Civil War in its proposed American history theme park ("Disney Unsure How It Will Organize New Theme Park," March 9). Is this Disney's way of saying they're afraid of criticism, so they knuckled under to critics' objections to their plans for portraying slavery so realistically that visitors could "feel" what it was like to be a slave?
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