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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, about a U.S. China trade agreement, accompanied by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, right. On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Sens. Wyden and Brown said the government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US senators demand action after AP exposes palm oil abuses

Sep. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Lawmakers said Friday that the U.S. government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden —who spearheaded...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

FILE - In this image made from undated, file 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. China on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, lashed out at the passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the accusation a lie. (CCTV via AP Video, File)

China blasts US House bill, denies forced labor in Xinjiang

Sep. 23, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday lashed out at the passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the accusation a lie. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the bill “maliciously...

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2019, file photo shows cargo cranes at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. U.S lawmakers are pushing for a ban on exports from an area of northwest China following a report that found widespread use of forced labor. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Congress seeks to block goods from China over forced labor

Sep. 22, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping goods out of the U.S. that are made with the forced labor of detained ethnic minorities in China passed overwhelmingly Tuesday in the House of Representatives despite concerns about the potential effects on global commerce. The House voted 406-3 to...

Mark Morgan, the acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner, talks about the soon-to-be completed 300th mile of new border wall during a news conference prior to a campaign rally for President Donald Trump, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

US halts imports from China's Uighur region for forced labor

Sep. 14, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four companies and a manufacturing facility in northwestern China were blocked Monday from shipping their products to the U.S. because of their suspected reliance on forced labor from people detained as part of a massive campaign against ethnic minorities in the region. U.S. Customs and...

Prosecutors: Self-help guru calls sex slave scheme 'noble'

Aug. 28, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Communications from jail show the leader of a cult-like self-improvement group in upstate New York has no remorse over his conviction last year on charges he turned some of his followers into sex slaves, even calling his conspiracy “noble,” prosecutors said Friday in court...

Thousands of videos offered to prove abuse of college youths

Aug. 27, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have turned over tens of thousands of video and audio files to lawyers for an ex-convict charged with weaponizing electronics as a coercive tool as he forced vulnerable college students into prostitution or unpaid labor. Lawrence Ray, 60, is accused of moving into his...

FILE - In this March 31, 2016 file photo, fishermen and buyers gather at a tuna auction at Donggang fishery port in Taiwan. The United States is halting imports from a Taiwan-based fishing vessel that reportedly has supplied the global tuna trading company that acquired Bumble Bee Seafoods this year. The Trump administration acted after reports of abusive conditions and forced labor.  (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

US halts imports linked to Taiwan-based fishing vessel

Aug. 20, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accounts of abusive conditions and forced labor have prompted the U.S. to halt imports from a Taiwan-based fishing vessel that reportedly has supplied the global tuna trading company that acquired Bumble Bee Seafoods this year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued the order blocking...

FILE - This June 19, 2019 file photo shows U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, left, talking to the media with prosecutor Moira Penza outside Brooklyn federal court after NXIVM defendant Keith Raniere was found guilty on all counts, in New York. A judge has set an Oct. 27, 2020 sentencing date for Raniere, leader of an upstate New York self-improvement group who was convicted last year on charges that he turned some of followers into sex slaves. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Sentencing date set for NY self-help guru in sex slave case

Aug. 14, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of a cult-like self-improvement group in upstate New York who was convicted last year on charges that he turned some of his followers into sex slaves will face sentencing on Oct. 27, a judge said Friday. In a conference call, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis told lawyers for...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, a protester with a banner walks to attend a rally denouncing the Japanese government's decision on their exports to South Korea in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The modern legacy of a dark chapter in Japan’s history, when hundreds of thousands of people were brought from the Korean Peninsula and other Asian nations to work in logging, in mines, on farms and in factories as forced labor, lives on in the companies that came to dominate the Japanese economy after World War II. Many of those companies are still facing demands for compensation that they say were settled by treaty decades ago. The sign reads

Japan's legacy of forced labor haunts ties with neighbors

Aug. 9, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For years, Yeom Chan-soon was haunted by the cracking sound of a leather belt eating into the flesh of a fellow Korean mine worker being punished for trying to escape from forced labor in Japan. That dark chapter in Japan’s history, when hundreds of thousands of people were brought...