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Proving the existence of slavery in Sudan (1996)

In June 1996, as the Sudan denied reports of rampant slavery there, Sun reporters Gilbert Lewthwaite and Gregory Kane traveled to the African nation, sat under a mango tree and bought two half-brothers, 10 and 12, for $1,000. Though the reporters freed the boys within minutes, their three-part series caused a ruckus nationwide. Critics accused the paper of sensationalism and questioned the journalists' conclusions. But the following year, Lewthwaite and Kane were Pulitzer finalists.