Links: Slavery in the News

AP: Romania enacts official holiday to mark abolishment of Gypsy slavery

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s president has signed a law making Feb. 20 an official holiday to mark when the slavery of Gypsies, or Roma, was abolished.
There are believed to be 1.5 million Roma in Romania, although the last census only recorded 500,000.

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AOL News: American Apparel Accuser Hid Alleged Sex Slavery Out of Shame

Irene Morales, 20, claimed in a lawsuit last week that CEO Dov Charney demanded she “send him sexually explicit photographs” in 2007 when she was a 17-year-old sales clerk for the apparel chain, and forced her to perform sex acts for eight months after she turned 18. At one point, she alleged, he held her prisoner for several hours in his New York apartment and made her engage in sexual acts.

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Reuters: American Apparel CEO held teen as sex slave: lawsuit

American Apparel Inc founder and chief executive Dov Charney is being sued for $250 million by a woman who said he treated her as a sex slave when she was a teenage sales employee at the clothing chain.

Irene Morales of Brooklyn, New York, has accused Charney, 42, of sexual harassment, creating a hostile workplace, gender discrimination and retaliation.

American Apparel and directors at the company have also been named as defendants in the lawsuit, filed in a New York state court on Friday. Morales accused them of failing to protect her, and said they knew or should have known that Charney was a “sexual predator.”

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