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Police guard the flats being investigated in connection with an alleged slavery case

London 'slaves' case: Couple arrested ran Communist sect in the 1970s

Both were arrested last week, accused of keeping three women as domestic slaves

Paris by night: Supporters say the law will help foreign sex workers to denounce the traffickers

France introduces fines for buying sex

A new law that will punish prostitutes’ clients goes before parliament this week, and is dividing feminists

The Home Secretary, Theresa May

Slavery: the hint that Theresa May gave a fortnight ago of dramatic rescue

Home Secretary told awards ceremony of 'men, women and children in our country ... living lives of servitude and misery'

Saudi Arabia man arrested for giving out free hugs

A man who decided to offer ‘free hugs’ in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh has been arrested by the state’s religious police.

Book Review: The Valley of Amazement, By Amy Tan

Amy Tan has made her name, with novels such as The Joy Luck Club (1987) and The Bonesetter’s Daughter (2000), writing about difficult mother-daughter relationships, the wobbly connections between America and modern China, and family secrets. In her seventh novel, set mostly in Shanghai as it evolves through the 20th century, she has surpassed herself.

Book Review: Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt, By Robert Gottlieb

The eldest daughter of a mid-19th-century Jewish courtesan – and whose father might have been one of a number of men – Sarah Bernhardt might not have been thought to have the most promising start in life, but this Parisian-born “unwanted and unloved child” went on to become the most famous actress in history.

A new video surfaced showing Ford in a rage, using threatening words including 'kill' and 'murder'

Rob Ford's staff accuse him of drink-driving, drug abuse and consorting with sex workers

Police documents released by an Ontario judge show Mr Ford's staff had concerns over his drinking and saw him consuming pain killers

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un attends a parade of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and a mass rally in Pyongyang in celebration of the 65th anniversary of North Korea

North Korea 'executes 80 people for watching foreign films'

10,000 people were allegedly forced to attend one of the group executions

Rob Ford was elected in 2010 on a populist platform. He appears to be attempting to weather the scandal

Politicians' excuses: After Rob Ford, ten other unlikely stories

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitted he “probably” smoked crack cocaine at a press conference on Tuesday, excusing his behaviour by saying “I was in a drunken stupor at the time.”

Defence contractor bought US Navy secrets with prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets, prosecutors say

'Larger-than-life' Malaysian company boss known as Fat Leonard is alleged to have worked with the commander of the Navy to move vessels around 'like chess pieces'

Five women rescued as police raid suspected brothels in Birmingham

Two women and three men arrested following late-night raids

GTA V player takes ‘Street’ Photography using in-game camera phone 

A Brazilian-born photographer and gamer has put together a series of realist pictures from Grand Theft Auto V - taken using his character’s in-game camera phone.

Annie Lennox has called for music video ratings

Annie Lennox calls for music video ratings system to protect children from 'dark' and 'pornographic' material

'You don’t want to see your seven-year-old girls twerking all over the place,' says the Eurythmics star

Risky business: Campaigners such as Hege Grostad (right) say sex workers are less safe in a criminalised environment

A taxing issue for Norway's sex workers

Campaigners say that Oslo government 'pimp' may reap revenue but women will not benefit

Undated handout photos issued by the Home Office of brothers Istvan Toth (left) and Peter Toth as Home Office immigration enforcement crime investigators have issued an appeal for information about the Hungarian nationals, who are charged in connection with an investigation into the trafficking of women for the purposes of prostitution

Home Office issues photos of brothers Istvan and Peter Toth, missing while facing trafficking charge

Two brothers set to stand trial next month for alleged sex trafficking offences have gone missing.

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