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R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex offender

Sep. 14, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

R&B superstar R. Kelly’s musical accomplishments have long been shadowed by allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the singer has been found guilty in his hometown of Chicago on child pornography charges, but acquitted of a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge accusing...

EU moves to ban products made with forced labor

Sep. 14, 2022 08:34 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to ban products made with forced labor, in an effort to crack down on a modern-day form of slavery that a U.N. agency estimated affects more than 27 million people worldwide. The European Commission, which proposes EU...

Yoga sect allegedly exploited women to lure men like Domingo

Sep. 02, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — An Argentina-based yoga group sexually exploited vulnerable women it called “geishas” to get money and influence from wealthy and powerful men around the world, including opera star Placido Domingo, who knew the organization’s leaders for more than two decades, according...

Ex-Californian pleads guilty in child mutilation-sex scheme

Aug. 29, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Southern California man who convinced troubled girls as young as 12 to perform masochistic acts and urged one to become his sex slave pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge, prosecutors said. Matthew Christian Locher, 31, pleaded guilty to one count...

Past S. Korean gov'ts blamed for abuses, deaths at facility

Aug. 24, 2022 05:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has found the country’s past military governments responsible for atrocities committed at Brothers Home, a state-funded “vagrants’ facility” where thousands were enslaved and abused from the 1960s to 1980s. ...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Aug. 15, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer faces a trial in his hometown of Chicago on charges accusing him of rigging his 2008 child pornography trial and of enticing minors for sex. ...