Slave Trade Act 1843
Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London.
1 of the Slave Act
1843extended the provisions of
s 10 of the Slave Trade Act 1824.
Section 10 made the slave trade a criminal offence, to
all British subjects.
Slave Trade Acts only applied where a person was
detained and carried off to be a slave.
Slave Trade Act 1843 increased the penalties for those
involved in the slave trade.
Section 2 of the Slave Trade Act 1843 enacted by the
British Parliament declared "persons holden in
servitude as pledges for debt", ie, bonded
laborers, to "be slaves or persons intended to be
dealt with as slaves" for the
purpose of the Slave Trade Act 1824 and the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.
be it declared and enacted, That all Persons holden in
Servitude as Pledges for Debt, and commonly called “Pawns”,
or by whatever other Name they may be called or known,
shall, for the Purposes of the said consolidated Slave
Trade Act [sc (4
Geo IV c 113)] and of [sc
the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 (3 & 4 Will IV c 73)], and of this
present Act, be deemed and construed to be Slaves or
Persons intended to be dealt with as Slaves.
combined effect of s 10 of the Slave
Trade Act (4 Geo IV c 113) (Imp) and ss 1 and 2 of
the Slave Act 1843
(6 & 7 Vict c 98) (Imp) was to create offences in
relation to bonded labourers as if they were slaves, ie,
the offences created under s 10 of the Slave
Trade Act (4 Geo IV c 113) (Imp) in relation to the
trade or traffic in slaves were extended to apply to
transactions in relation to bonded labourers.
Slave Act 1843
struck at insurance and mortgages of enterprises engaged
in the slave trade.
2 of the Slave Act 1843 was repealed by the Statute Law Revision Act 1891.
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