Forced labor

June 18, 2019 - 5:41 am
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have freed 11 women, most of them Ukrainian, who traveled to Spain thinking they were taking jobs as hotel chambermaids but were forced to work as prostitutes. The National Police said in a statement Tuesday they believe the international gang had forced more...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, Lauren Salzman leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York. Testifying in NXIVM leader Keith Raniere's trial on sex trafficking charges Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Salzman said that when Mexican authorities broke down his door at a villa in Puerta Vallarta to grab Raniere, she was there and tried to stand up to them while he hid in a closet. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 21, 2019 - 8:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was a coward during his arrest last year in Mexico on a U.S. sex-trafficking charge and a bully when dealing with a follower who failed to adhere to his twisted code of ethics, a witness testified Tuesday at Raniere's New York City trial. The follower...
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May 17, 2019 - 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — At meetings with self-help guru Keith Raniere, members of a secret society for female followers sometimes called "The Vow" would follow a protocol that drove home his standing as their "master," one of the women testified Friday at Raniere's sex-trafficking trial. Lauren Salzman...
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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 - 9:00 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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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 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 - 11:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a trial centered on a cult-like group based in upstate New York (all times local): 12:50 p.m. TV actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York. Mack entered her plea to racketeering charges on Monday, shortly...
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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 - 7:03 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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Clare Bronfman, a member of Nxivm, an organization charged in sex trafficking, leaves Brooklyn Federal Court with her lawyer Mark Geragos after she received medical attention while in court, Wednesday March 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 27, 2019 - 6:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An already bizarre case accusing a secretive self-help group in upstate New York of engaging in sex-trafficking took another strange turn Wednesday thanks to firebrand attorney Michael Avenatti and a courtroom scene caused by a wealthy defendant he's tried to represent. At a hearing...
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FILE - In this file image from undated video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China. A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, with a Chinese company that drew workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups. (CCTV via AP Video, File)
January 10, 2019 - 6:51 pm
A U.S. supplier of T-shirts and other team apparel to college bookstores has cut ties with a Chinese company that drew workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups. In recent years, authorities in the far west Chinese region of Xinjiang have detained an...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, victims of Japan's forced labor and their family members arrive at the Supreme Court in Seoul, South Korea. A South Korean district court said Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, it has decided to freeze the local assets of a Japanese company involved in compensation disputes for wartime Korean laborers. The sign reads " Mitsubishi Heavy Industries apologize and compensate victims." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 09, 2019 - 6:40 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court said Wednesday it has ordered the seizure of local assets of a Japanese company after it refused to compensate several wartime forced laborers, in an escalation of a diplomatic brawl between the Asian neighbors. Japan called the decision "extremely...
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