ANTI-SLAVERY
SOCIETY

FIGHTING SLAVERY TODAY

What is Slavery?

Nowhere is slavery legal in the sense that no legal system recognizes title or property in a living human being.  This means that no court will enforce a contract to buy and sell slaves or enforce the right of a master to the labor of his or her slave.

However, although slavery, as a form of property recognized by the state, has been abolished, millions of people are still enslaved.

The Society uses the definition of slavery enunciated in 1880 by the High Court of Allahabad in India, which, in substance, is that a person is treated as a slave or is reduced to a condition of slavery if another exercises power or control over that person:
(1)    to restrain their personal liberty; and
(2)    to dispose of their labor against their will —
without lawful authority.

Slavery is sometimes confused with other forms of servitude, such as forced labor, bonded labor, pawnage and servile concubinage.

The expression "forced labor", in international law, refers to those forms of labor obligations or penal labor imposed by a state or an agency or agent of the government or state and which are described in the Forced Labor Convention 1930 and the Abolition of Forced Labor Convention 1957.

 

     

 



 
SLAVERY SLAVE
TRADE
HUMAN
SACRIFICE

BONDED
LABOR

HIERODULIC
SERVITUDE

TRAFFICKING

CHILD
LABOR

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