A person held against his or her will and controlled physically or psychologically by violence or its threat for the purpose of appropriating their labor.
One person assumes complete legal ownership over another. Chattel slavery is the only type where the slave is considered the legal property of the slaveholder, and it exists today primarily in Mauritania and other parts of Northern Africa. (Slavery is technically illegal in these countries, but law enforcement there often returns escaped slaves to their slave holders based on the asserted ownership just as if the practice was legal.) This is the type of slavery that existed in the antebellum American South.
Term used to describe people who do not belong to one of the four major Hindu castes in South Asian societies, primarily in India. Also known as “untouchables,” Scheduled Castes and Harijans, the Dalits are the poorest people on the subcontinent and heavily discriminated against, making them exceptionally vulnerable to slavery.
Children in Haiti are given or sold by their parents into domestic work for another family. The children are promised to education, training and care, but many become slaves for the family, where they are abused and forced to work. (See also Sex Slavery)
Servile or forced marriage
A marriage where the woman has been forced or coerced into marriage against her will. The woman is forced to work, and is frequently physically and sexually abused. In some cases the woman has been sold into the marriage.