Bonded Labor Law and Legal Definition

Bonded labor is a form of labor under which workers sign contracts to work for a specific period of time, for which they are paid only with accommodation and sustenance. Sometimes limited benefits such as cancellation of a debt, or transportation to a desired country also may be provided. In some cases, bonded laborers may receive small cash payments or other benefits. This is still common in developing countries. However, it is now difficult for employers to coerce bonded workers to do job in the way they intend.