Slavery

FILE - In this April 13, 2018 courtroom sketch, Keith Raniere, center, leader of the secretive group NXIVM, attends a hearing at court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A New York City jury is set to hear opening statements and testimony at the sex-trafficking case against a self-help guru. The trial beginning Tuesday, May 7, 2019, is expected to feature testimony from women who claim that they were forced to have sex with Raniere. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 6:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman testified on Tuesday that shortly after being recruited for a secret "master-slave" society within an upstate New York self-help group she got a disturbing message from her handler: It was her turn to "seduce" the group's leader, Keith Raniere. The witness at Raniere's trial...
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FILE- In this April 8, 2019 file photo, actress Allison Mack leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York after pleading guilty to racketeering charges in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York called NXIVM. Some speculate that Mack may take the witness stand to testify against Keith Raniere, the group's one-time leader who is facing federal charges of forming a secret society within his organization that forced women to have sex with him. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 05, 2019 - 8:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It was called "collateral" — nude photos and other embarrassing material that female members of an upstate New York self-improvement group turned over to their "masters" to ensure obedience, silence and sexual fealty to the organization's spiritual leader, Keith Raniere. Now some...
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April 30, 2019 - 8:46 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's University of Cambridge said Tuesday that it plans to investigate its links to the trans-Atlantic slave trade with a two-year study that will recommend ways to acknowledge and address the impact of the academic institution's involvement. The elite university said the study...
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Clare Bronfman, left, arrives at Federal court with her attorney Mark Geragos in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, April 19, 2019. Bronfman has pleaded guilty to charges implicating her in a sex-trafficking conspiracy case against an upstate New York self-help group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 19, 2019 - 6:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo, a student hops off the school bus at Dixie Elementary School in San Rafael, Calif. The Dixie School District board in the California city of San Rafael plans to vote on whether to keep its name, which critics say it is linked to the Confederacy and slavery and supporters maintain is it named after a Native American woman. (Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)
April 17, 2019 - 2:46 am
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — The Dixie School District board voted Tuesday night to change the name of the 150-year-old district after critics linked it to the Confederacy and slavery. Trustees voted 3-1, with one abstention, to change both the name of the San Francisco Bay Area district and the name...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, prospective students tour Georgetown University's campus in Washington. Georgetown University students are considering a fee benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school’s debts, an effort that would create one of the first reparations funds at a major U.S. institution. Undergraduates will vote Thursday, April 11, 2019 on a $27.20-per-semester fee that would go toward underprivileged communities where some descendants live. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 11, 2019 - 1:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown University students are considering a fee benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school's debts, an effort that would create one of the first reparations funds at a major U.S. institution. News outlets report undergraduate students will vote...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, television actress Allison Mack leaves federal court in New York. Jury selection is set to begin for a trial featuring sensational allegations that a cult-like group based in upstate New York turned women into sex slaves who were branded with the initials of its spiritual leader. Prosecutors say the purported self-help group called NXIVM formed a secret society of women who had unwanted sex with guru Keith Raniere. Raniere and three co-defendants including heiress Clare Bronfman and TV actress Allison Mack have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges in the sex-trafficking case. Potential jurors will be asked to fill out questionnaires Monday, April 8, 2019, in federal court in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 08, 2019 - 11:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin Monday for a trial expected to detail sensational allegations that a cult-like group based in upstate New York recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader. Potential jurors have been summoned to federal court in Brooklyn to fill out questionnaires in...
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In this Feb. 28, 2019, photo a worker adjusts a banner celebrating Alabama's bicentennial outside the Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama is the latest state trying to balance a painful past with other parts of its history as it recognizes its 200th birthday as a state. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
March 31, 2019 - 7:56 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In 1961, Alabama marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War with white women dressed in hoop skirts parading through a coliseum and a re-enactment of the inauguration of the Confederate president at the state Capitol. The state's 2019 bicentennial...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Family spokesman Peter Harf, who heads the Reimann’s JAB Holding Company, is pictured in Berlin, Germany. One of Germany’s richest families says it will give millions to charity as a gesture after learning their ancestors enthusiastically supported the Nazis and used forced laborers. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)
March 24, 2019 - 7:20 am
BERLIN (AP) — One of Germany's richest families says it plans to give millions of euros to charity after learning about ancestors who enthusiastically supported the Nazis and used forced labor. Bild newspaper reported Sunday that documents revealed Albert Reimann Sr. and Albert Reimann Jr. used...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Marip Lu sits in her family's shelter in a refugee camp in northern Kachin State, Myanmar. Marip Lu, 24, claims she was kidnapped by traffickers and suffered six years of captivity, rape and abuse deep in China. A human rights group says the governments in Myanmar and China are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery. (AP Photo/Esther Htusan, File)
March 20, 2019 - 11:40 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into...
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