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Indian Slave Trade
Like the Rest of California
The Chinese women were used in a somewhat different way except they were not transported over the
until the building of the railroad. On December 10, 1858, the Daily Morning Call had two articles exposing the ways in which
the Chinese women were obtained for individual use - to offset the woman shortage in the unsettled mining period.
False charges would be laid against a Chinese husband to get him away from his wife. When he was released after a day or so,
his wife had already been abducted. A wealthy and clever citizen of Mariposa had the court award him custody of a Chinese
lady until she worked off her debt to him. (42) Although the editor of the Daily Morning Call and others frowned upon this type
of activity, it was many years before it subsided and California became tame.
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