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Saudi princess charged in forced labor case

Human Trafficking
by Aimee Stauf
Posted 7/11/13, 01:05 pm

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas charged a Saudi princess Wednesday with one count of human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Irvine, Calif., condominium. If convicted, 42-year-old Meshael Alayban faces up to 12 years in prison.

Police arrested Alayban after a Kenyan woman flagged down a bus Tuesday and told a passenger she thought she was a human trafficking victim. The passenger contacted police, who searched the condo where Alayban and her family were staying.

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Globe Trot: Factory collapse survivor didn't dare dream of rescue

by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/15/13, 01:50 pm

The seamstress who survived for 17 days buried inside the Bangladesh garment factory collapse told the BBC: “Even in my wildest dreams I did not imagine I would come out alive.”

The surprise candidacy of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Iran’s June 14 presidential race is giving the ruling mullahs a headache.

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