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Leonowens, Anna

Leonowens was born Anna Harriette Crawford in Wales. Her father was in the army and her parents went to India when she was six, leaving her in Britain with a relative who ran a girls' schoo... [more]


In Haiti a particular form of child slavery is practiced, where very young children are sold by their poverty-stricken parents directly to another family, to be used as domestic slaves. In ... [more]

Sancho, Ignatius

Sancho was born on a slave ship bound for Colombia. His mother died soon after arriving and his father killed himself soon afterwards rather than live as a slave. When he was two he was bro... [more]


Among the Ewe and Dangme people of Ghana (and to a lesser extent, in Benin, Nigeria and Togo), traditional religious beliefs have given rise to the practice of trokosi, literally "slav... [more]

Ystumllyn, John

Ystumllyn was kidnapped about 1746 in Africa by a member of the wealthy Wynne family of Ystumllyn, apparently as some kind of twisted adventure, not as a slave in the ordinary sense. He was... [more]

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