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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He argued that the fisher-folk had enjoyed their first month of freedom after decades of debt bondage' fishing for themselves after the LHC granted a stay against the auction of fishing leases on 8 August, 2018.
The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT) maintained a separate action plan aimed at reducing child labor and debt bondage in the service, agricultural, mining, and energy sectors by 2025 through awareness raising, increased legal action, and collaboration with civil society, funded in part through the national budget.
Debt bondage is common, with reported cases of slavery increasing by 35 per cent year on year.
But many who set off in the hope of earning their fortune end up in debt bondage because the fees are so huge they have to forfeit their salaries when they start work just to pay them off.
A 2013 Fairfax Media report revealed hundreds of foreign workers and students were being forced into "debt bondage" after paying up to $40,000 for skilled worker visas.
law also recognizes labor trafficking, defined as '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.'"
Their topics include coolies--Asiaticos and Chinos: global dimensions of second slavery, coolie transformations: uncovering the changing meaning and labor relations of coolie labor in the Dutch Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries, contract labor and debt bondage in the Arab Gulf states: policies and practices with the kafala system, and re-presenting and narrating labor: coolie migration in the Caribbean.
Working in vegetable patches and on millet fields in India's southern state of Karnataka, farm labourers caught in debt bondage suffer mainly in silence.
"Debt-laden migrants who face abuse or are misled often avoid reporting their exploitation out of fear of reprisal, the lengthy recourse process, or lack of knowledge of their legal rights, making them more vulnerable to forced labour, including debt bondage," the report said.
It also mentioned reports of suicides among migrant workers which have been associated with forced labour, debt bondage and isolation.
In many cases, they are unpaid or held in debt bondage. Some go missing, and their families cannot trace them.
The (http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/findings/) report  by Australia-based human rights group Walk Free Foundation increased its estimate of people born into servitude, trafficked for sex work or trapped in debt bondage or forced labor from 35.8 million in 2014.
According to UK daily The Guardian , these alleged abuses include "erratic or reduced payment of wages, passport confiscation, workers entering employment with high levels of debt bondage, and pay levels below those agreed when workers were recruited in their home countries".
In big cities, including Karachi, a large number of children, both male and female, are engaged in domestic work, often under debt bondage.
Modern slavery takes many forms, including debt bondage, forced marriage, the sale of children, human trafficking and forced labour.