The “Star of the South”, one of the largest diamonds in the world. Discovered near a river in Brazil in July 1853, it was found by a slave girl named Rosa, who turned the diamond over to her master. He rewarded her by granting her freedom and giving her a pension for life.
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An orangutan named Pony was used as a sex slave in a village in Borneo. She would automatically ‘assume the position’ whenever a man neared her. It took over a year for authorities to free her because she was a favorite of the locals who fought against her release.
Photo : Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
Yasuke, a 16th century African who traveled to Japan as a slave, caused such a sensation that a powerful warlord wished to see him. He thought his black skin was paint and ordered it to be scrubbed. However, they became friends and Yasuke was later given the prestigious rank of Samurai.