Slavery Law and Legal Definition

A slave is a person owned by someone and slavery is the state of being under the control of someone where a person is forced to work for another. A slave is considered as a property of another as the one controlling them purchases them or owns them from their birth. In slavery the slave dos not have a right to leave the owner or not work for them. Slavery is a form of forced labor. They do not receive any remuneration for the work they do.

Slavery existed from time immemorial. The slaves were employed in plantations. By 1808 the slave trade was declared illegal. The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865, ended slavery in the United States. Today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has internationally recognized the right to freedom from slavery.