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IoS campaign highlights the thousands who fall victim to enslavement in Britain almost 180 years after its abolition.

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Album: Burning Spear, Marcus Garvey/Garvey's Ghost (Island)

Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey was one of the founding texts of 1970s roots reggae, an album which confirmed to the growing crossover British market that Bob Marley may just be the tip of a huge wave of talent about to break out of Jamaica.

Joan Smith: Let's call sex-trafficking by its real name – slavery

There is no shortage of convicted sex-traffickers in English prisons. Two defendants werejailed for three years and two-and-a-half years respectively last week after running brothels in Surbiton for several years; Michael Dalton and Nikki Chen forced young women to have sex with around 12 men each day to pay off "debts" they ran up when they were trafficked to the UK on false passports.

People trafficking protection measures slammed

Measures to protect victims of people smuggling are "not fit for purpose" and may be illegal, a report claimed today.

Album: Southern Tenant Folk Union, The New Farming Scene (Johnny Rock Records)

Southern Tenant Folk Union's new album is a bold concept piece in which their amalgam of Scottish folk and American bluegrass is employed in the vivid depiction of a dystopian, post-technological future.

The Tyranny Of Guilt: An Essay On Western Masochism, By Pascal Bruckner, trans by Steven Rendall

We all believed in multiculturalism. Didn't we? That was before Islamic fundamentalism was broadcast from British mosques and we got used to seeing a rise in burkhas and blacked- out women on our streets. And what were we to think when our feminist friends celebrated the veil as a symbol of anti-imperialism and a way of turning off predatory males? And how could we remain silent when the Left celebrated the sight of the planes flying into the Twin Towers ? At Ground Zero how could we listen when they dismissed the three thousand murdered office workers, police and fire fighters' deaths with, 'America had it coming!'? And where was their outrage at the Madrid and London bombings? Unable to recognise the war when it came, the Left continued to blame the innocent for being the victims of the jihadist. What if they, what if we, got it wrong?

Great Debates: When politics gets gladiatorial

As the leaders of Britain's political parties limber up to take part in an unprecedented series of TV discussions, John Walsh explores the history of oratorial combat, from the deadly logic of Socrates to the killer charms of JFK

UAE defies ban on child camel jockeys

children as young as 10 are working as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates despite a law banning underage riders, new photos reveal.

French ban 'oral sex' anti-smoking adverts posters

A French anti-smoking campaign which showed teenagers having "oral sex" with cigarettes, and implied that smoking was a form of submission or slavery, has been abandoned.

A root-and-branch inquiry: Inside the deep-digging, money-spinning, web-crawling world of family trees

Thanks to the internet, we have become a nation of amateur genealogists: last year, 20 million of us went online to learn more about our family trees. And it's an addictive habit. Just ask David Randall, who began researching his clan a few months ago — now he thinks he may be close to solving the mystery of his great-uncle Sidney...

The Long Song, By Andrea Levy

Pity Andrea Levy. It is not easy to follow up a novel as loved and acclaimed as her Orange Prize-winning Small Island. Not easy, either, to bear the weight of expectation created by becoming one of the UK's most popular black writers, quietly creating a body of work that explores and communicates the Black British experience to a mass audience.

Darwin's Sacred Cause, By Adrian Desmond & James Moore

Of all the scores of books that greeted Darwin's double anniversary last year, none matters more than this. Desmond and Moore, already their hero's biographers, now in this triumph of re-interpretation plant the hatred of slavery - and of the science that sought to justify it - at the heart of Darwin's career.

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