bonded labor

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a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt

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This broad definition includes many slavery-related practices such as human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage, commercial sexual exploitation and the sale and exploitation of children.
The incurred expenses paid to recruitment agencies subject the workers to debt bondage and this resulted in considerably reducing the bargaining power of MDWs regarding their work and living conditions.
Important global issues are touched on in this book: forced marriage; debt bondage and child labour.
It includes slavery-like practices such as debt bondage, forced marriage, sale or exploitation of children, and forced labor, along with the human trafficking that moves these victims from fields and poor households to cities, suburbs, and bordellos.
Frank Benenati, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget, which oversees much of federal procurement policy, said the administration has made progress in improving oversight, including an executive order last year tightening rules against federal suppliers using factories that rely on debt bondage or other forms of forced labor.
Low-level skilled workers from China, Romania, Africa, Turkey, Thailand, and Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India faced conditions of forced labor, unlawful withholding of passporsts, restrictions on movement, non-payment of wages, threats and physical intimidation, and recruitment fees of $1000 to $10,000 that left them at the mercy of debt bondage.
This includes forced marriage, debt bondage, the sale and exploitation of children, and trafficking.
The index used the measurement of modern slavery, which includes debt bondage, forced marriage and human trafficking.
Walk Free Foundations defines modern slavery as an encompassing term for "human trafficking, forced labor, slavery or slavery-like practices that include debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, sale or exploitation of children, including armed conflicts, victims of modern slavery with their freedom denied, and are used and controlled and exploited by another person for profit, sex, or the thrill of domination.
In a recent operation in Kent, investigators exploded an alleged trafficking ring in which more than 30 Lithuanian workers claimed they were kept in debt bondage, forced to work up to 17 hours a shift collecting free range eggs around the country and physically assaulted by their Lithuanian enforcers - a charge their gangmasters deny.
Northern Ireland) identifies what forms of exploitation qualify as slavery and describes other forms of servitude that are covered by international law, including debt bondage, forced labor, forced marriage, prostitution, and trafficking, while analyzing gaps in the current legal framework constituted by general international law, human rights law, humanitarian law, labor law, and the law of the sea.
Many migrant workers also lack knowledge of the local language and laws, which makes them especially vulnerable to abusive practices, such as physical and sexual violence, psychological abuse, non-payment of wages, debt bondage and abusive living and working conditions.
But rights groups say the verification system is corrupt and leads to situations of debt bondage amounting to forced labour.
Human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, is either: a) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act [commercial sex] has not attained 18 years of age, or b) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.