Forced labor

This is the headquarters of the Imperial Valley Ministries located in El Centro, Calif. It is housed in an old movie theater. U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer on Monday, September 10, 2019 announced the arrest of 12 people, leaders of the Imperial Valley Ministries, accusing them of subjecting 31 mostly homeless people to forced labor forcing them to surrender welfare benefits and making them panhandle for the financial benefit of church leaders. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 6:34 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California ministry whose leaders are charged with using deadbolt locks to detain homeless residents and making them turn over panhandling money was no fly-by-night operation. Imperial Valley Ministries was known in the remote desert region for decades of work helping...
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South Korean police officers stand guard for possible rallies against Japan in front of a building which houses Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Police say a 72-year-old South Korean man is in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening tensions between countries over trade and wartime history. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
August 01, 2019 - 1:27 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 72-year-old South Korean man was in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul on Thursday, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening tensions between countries over trade and wartime history, a police official said. An official...
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Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono, center, speaks to the media after meeting with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan Pyo, at foreign ministry in Tokyo Friday, July 19, 2019. Japan has summoned South Korea's ambassador to protest Seoul's refusal to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II labor. (Masanobu Kumagai/Kyodo News via AP)
July 19, 2019 - 8:17 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister said Tokyo will take "necessary measures" against South Korea if interests of Japanese companies are harmed in an escalating dispute over World War II forced labor. The neighboring countries and U.S. allies are quarreling over South Korean court decisions...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Kelly, who was arrested in Chicago on July 11, 2019 on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice, was ordered held without bond on Tuesday, July 16. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
July 16, 2019 - 4:08 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free. "If he was attracted to middle school girls in...
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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. Colonial-era Korean laborers on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, are seeking a court's approval for the sales of local assets of their former Japanese employer after it refused to comply with a court order to compensate them for forced labor decades ago. The sign reads "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries should compensate and apologize to victims of forced labor." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
July 16, 2019 - 4:41 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colonial-era Korean workers want a court to allow the South Korean government to sell assets of their former Japanese employer so they can be compensated for forced labor decades ago. The development comes as South Korea and Japan spar over historical issues and a decision...
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In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, appears before U.S. Magistrate Shelia M. Finnegan, left, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Friday, July 12, 2019, in Chicago. Also standing with Kelly is his attorney Steve Greenberg and an unidentified prosecutor. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 5:23 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...
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In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Keith Raniere, center, sits with attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo during closing arguments at Brooklyn federal court, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in New York. A federal prosecutor said Raniere used his NXIVM organization to "tap into a never-ending flow of women and money." Attorneys for the defendant say he had no criminal intent and that his sexual encounters with followers were consensual. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 1:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted Hollywood actresses and heiresses was convicted Wednesday of manipulating his female devotees through shame and humiliation and turning them into what prosecutors called his sex slaves. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn...
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June 18, 2019 - 3:41 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 - 6:13 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 - 1:41 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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