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'I want a blue-eyed Yazidi': Teen describes IS slave market

Paris - Kidnapped, beaten, sold and raped: the Islamic State group is running an international market in Iraq where Christian and Yazidi women are sold as sexual slaves, a teenager who escaped told AFP on Tuesday.

Mauritania's tough anti-slavery laws face tougher resistance

Nouakchott - Mauritania became the last country to abolish slavery 34 years ago, but despite ever harsher laws which now declare the practice a crime against humanity, a deeply ingrained resistance has made the shackles hard to break.

Japan's Mitsubishi apologizes to US prisoners of war

Los Angeles - Japan's Mitsubishi Materials made a landmark apology to US prisoners of war forced to work in its mines during World War II, seven decades after the conflict.

Obama accepts Malaysia slavery in order to seal TPP deal

Washington - The Obama administration is set to remove Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders despite the existence of pervasive forced labor and sex slavery in the Southeast Asian nation.

Op-Ed: U.S. changes direction as sacred cows die

Charleston - First a bayonet was stuck in the heart, if it had one, of the Confederacy. Then Obamacare was cleared. Now gays can marry.

The Confederate flag — Heritage, history, subjugation of a race

Gov. Nikki Haley, as well as U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, have advocated for the removal of the Confederate flag that flies from a pole in front of the South Carolina capitol. They blame this flag on the hatred that caused nine people to die.

S. Korea 'comfort women' seek $20 mn lawsuit in US

Seoul - South Korea's ageing victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery said Tuesday they would file a $20 million lawsuit next month at a US court to seek financial compensation from Tokyo.

UN raps Ghana's failure to stamp out slavery of virgin girls

Accra - UN rights experts on Wednesday said Ghana had failed miserably to stamp out a centuries-old tradition in which virgin girls are offered as slaves to local priests for a lifetime.

Brazil TV series brings slavery past into spotlight

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian television series is planning to put the largely-unknown history of the country's numerous slave descendants under the spotlight using DNA tests, news outlet O Globo reported Wednesday.

Ben Affleck hid ancestry, appologizes on Facebook

A trailer for "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" starring Ben Affleck was just released. But the actor's appearance on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" is also turning heads. Leaked emails suggest that Affleck asked the show to censor one finding.

NYC to finally recognize It was home to a slave market

New York - Most people think of slavery and slave markets as being peculiar to our Southern states and being strictly a "Southern crime against humanity." But New Yorkers are finally going to have to acknowledge their own role in the trade in human beings.

British lawmakers back anti-slavery law

London - British lawmakers gave their backing to a new anti-slavery law that forces businesses to be more transparent about their supply chains, the first piece of legislation of its kind in Europe.

Op-Ed: Congress must approve force, with ground troops, against ISIS

President Barack Obama wants Congress to vote to authorize U.S. military force against ISIS, and may ask for it as early as Friday, February 6. Why Congress must approve this request, including the use of boots on the ground.

Modern slavery 'traps 35.8 million people'

Paris - Forced to pick cotton, grow cannabis, prostitute themselves, fight wars or clean up after the wealthy -- some 35.8 million people are currently trapped in modern-day slavery, a new report said Monday.

Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

La Paz - Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday.

Child slavery provides camel jockeys in United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi - Camel racing is the national sport in the United Arab Emirates. The sport is conducted in a similar fashion to horse racing in the West, with the notable exception that the jockeys are children that were bought from impoverished families.

Forced labour turns $150 bn in illegal profits each year: ILO

Geneva - From sex workers to farm hands and maids, millions of forced labourers around the world generate $150 billion in illegal profits for their bosses every year, the UN's labour agency said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: What have we learned from Black History Month? Special

Black History Month is celebrated every February in the United States. As the month comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on what we have learned. Books, documentaries, and feature films are resources for gleaning new information.

Plan for ballpark near historic Virginia slave market site advances

A controversial plan to build a minor league baseball stadium near the historic site of a slave marketplace and burial ground in Virginia's capital cleared another hurdle on Monday night as ...

'12 Years a Slave' wins Bafta for best film

London - Harrowing historical epic "12 Years a Slave" won the best film award on Sunday at the Baftas, seen as an indicator for the upcoming Oscars.The film, adapted from Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, took the most prestigious prize at a star-studded ceremony ...

Odious cases in the Court of Appeal

London - In the UK, the Court of Appeal can not only quash convictions or reduce sentences, it can increase sentences, as it did this week.

No justice for Nepal's slave girls

Kathmandu - Nine-year-old Manjita Chaudhary had never spent a night away from her parents when her father sold her to a Nepalese policeman for $25.

Op-Ed: Slavery movie destroys American icon

Baton Rouge - Other countries hide their worst obscenities. America makes them sympathetic heroes in movies like “Gone With the Wind.” A series of later movies tells the true story.

Op-Ed: Islam, slavery and rape today

A letter to a New Zealand publication this week claims that Islam permits the trade in women for purposes of sexual gratification.

Qatar's migrant workers are little better than slaves

Qatar's population is growing at an astonishing rate, driven by an urgent need to support an infrastructure development program estimated to cost $220 billion over the next decade. There are 1.4 million migrants in Qatar, 94 percent of the workforce.

The strange case of the Brixton ‘slaves’

Brixton - One of the big stories in the UK this week is that of three women said to have been held as slaves for up to 30 years in the capital.

Nevada Tea Party lawmaker: 'I'd bring back slavery'

Gardnerville - A conservative state lawmaker in Nevada has raised eyebrows and ire by stating that he'd "bring back slavery" in order to please his constituency.

Review: How is it that one of the world's richest nations is the poorest?

Dan Snow's trip into the Democratic Republic of Congo will show the world that a country blessed with just about every natural resource available, somehow finds itself being one of the poorest nations on the planet.

International child labor drops by one-third since 2000

International Labor Organization (ILO) reports today worldwide child labor statistics have reduced by one-third since the year 2000. The ILO aims to eliminate the worst forms of child labor by the year 2016. Worldwide 168 million kids are in child labor.

Op-Ed: The reparations for slavery nonsense again

Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation for the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
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A ruined slave fort on James Island in Gambia
A ruined slave fort on James Island in Gambia
Rare photo: Men collect bodies of soldiers killed in battle  Cold Habor  Virginia  1865.
Rare photo: Men collect bodies of soldiers killed in battle, Cold Habor, Virginia, 1865.
 District of Columba  Compay E  Fourth U.S. Colored Infantry  at Fort Lincoln.
"District of Columba, Compay E, Fourth U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln."
1862. Year before Emancipation Proclamation. Fugitive slaves fording the Rappahannock River.
1862. Year before Emancipation Proclamation. Fugitive slaves fording the Rappahannock River.
Transposing the 21st century into the 18th century - Title - Slavery is still with us
Transposing the 21st century into the 18th century - Title - Slavery is still with us
Family of a black Union soldier: 1863-65
Family of a black Union soldier: 1863-65
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James Hopkinson s Plantation slaves planting sweet potatoes (c. 1862/63).
James Hopkinson's Plantation slaves planting sweet potatoes (c. 1862/63).
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1905 Emancipation Day Parade
1905 Emancipation Day Parade
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Book covers for "Prison & Slavery - A Surprising Comparison"
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slave abuse
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1864:  Colored army teamsters  Cobb Hill  Va.
1864: "Colored army teamsters, Cobb Hill, Va."
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From Slave Ship to Freedom Road
A creative photo depicting human trafficking
A creative photo depicting human trafficking
James Island in Gambia
James Island in Gambia
1907. A black family in Savannah  Georgia
1907. A black family in Savannah, Georgia
Part of Old South mural in Jefferson Co. Courthouse  Alabama
Part of Old South mural in Jefferson Co. Courthouse, Alabama