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Slave labor laws have been a big subject in the past and continue on in this day in time. However, many people do not know what these laws are made up of. What is slave labor? Slave labor is all work or service which is demanded by an individual under the threat or penalty when himself or herself has not offered voluntarily to do the action. Unfortunately, it affects millions of innocent men, women, and children around the world.  This threat is most often found in industrial places that hold a lot of workers and very little rule over the company. Some of these places would include agriculture and fishing jobs, domestic work, construction type
work, manufacturing, prostitution and sexual exploitation, and last but not least, market trading and illegal activities. It is no surprise that this is the most common element of modern slavery, especially in the cruel world we live in today. We all know a little about slave labor laws, but what exactly do these laws declare?
The first law that was listed stated whoever knowingly provides or obtains the labor or services of a person by means of force, threats of force, physical restraint, or threats of physical restraint to that person or another person, serious or threats of harm to that individual, abuse or threatened abuse of law or legal process, or any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause the person to believe that, if one did not perform such labor or services, that human or another person would suffer serious harm or physical restraint and be punished without consideration. This law is basically saying if you provide forced work for someone that is not complying, you will be punished for being forceful without the cooperation of the acquaintance. 
The second law is whoever knowingly benefits, financially or be receiving anything of value, from participation in a venture which has engaged in the providing or obtaining of labor or services by any of the means described, knowing or in reckless regard of the fact that the venture has engaged in the providing or obtaining of labor or services by any of such means, shall be punished.
Also stated, the term “abuse or threatened abuse of law or legal process” means the use of threatened use of a law or legal process, whether administrative, civil, or criminal, in any manner or for any purpose for which the law was not designed, in order to exert pressure on another person to cause that individual to take some action or refrain from taking some action. The term “serious harm” means any harm, whether physical or nonphysical, including psychological, financial, or reputational harm, that is sufficiently serious, under all the surrounding circumstances, to compel a reasonable person of the same background and in the same circumstances to perform or to continue performing labor or services in order to avoid incurring that harm. This law is very important to know and understand, as many other people would agree.
Lastly, whoever violated the section shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If death results from a violation of this section, or if the violation includes kidnapping, an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, the defendant shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for any term of years or life, or both. 
The United States labor laws sets the rights and duties for the employees in which we obtain, labor unions, and in employers in this country. Labor Law’s whole purpose is to remedy the inequality of the bargaining power between the underrated employees and the overrated employers, which we all know has been a problem in the past and is still a problem today. However, the severity of this problem has declined overtime.
Although slavery of any kind in general, and any other horrendous aspect of life that has been prohibited due to slave labor laws is essentially nonexistent in modern day. This was not always the case. There was a great time period in which there was no prohibition of slavery or the other acts that are prohibited by slave labor laws. In fact, in most of American history there was no prohibition whatsoever for slavery, sex trafficking, and other forms of forced labor. On top of all that also is that the original colonies that developed into the United States probably would not have prospered without the use of slaves and other forms of forced labor that are prohibited today by slave labor laws. In fact, according to Lauren Bradshaw
The people in control of the slavery gained enough advantage and increased their activity in slavery. This was a cheap form of getting labor as opposed to hiring expensive and trained labor. Though the slaves were equal beings, they were made to execute certain activities and work for longer hours without their consent. Apparently, the people in Virginia were the only advantaged people as they accrued more interests. On the other hand, the people affected in the slave trade were the slaves taken from other countries (Bradshaw). 

The use of slaves originally may have been a temporary measure. It can be inferred that many of the colonists were not just heartless individuals with no conscience whatsoever. However, they could not become a stable nation solely on people who volunteered to work or even those who expected fair compensation for their work. The original colonists in Virginia probably thought the use of slaves was immoral in every sense of the word especially since slavery was not a custom that was used in England prior to the colonists leaving for the Americas. However, once they tried the use of slaves they realized it was something of great value to them, and they decided to toss their morals out the window temporarily in the hopes of being successful and one-hundred percent independent of England or any other foreign aid. However, after using the slaves they began to abuse the use the colonists got out of them. The colonists thought they could not give them up, because their new nation could not survive without their forced labor. Also, as the colonists’ time in the new world progressed they began to face a new problem that probably never occurred to anyone before entering. This new issue was that of labor shortage. According to Lauren Bradshaw,
The slavery trade was increased due to labor shortage in the Virginian state. The Virginian state increased their investments in the economy as they needed an improvement in their operation. In essence, there were many openings for labor, which was insufficient in the country. To avail the labor, the people responsible had to look for other channels that would give sufficient labor. They opted to transport people from other countries since such countries had surging populations. In the end, they landed to take Africans as they were regarded as less volatile and violent. Similarly, the Africans were not advanced and did not have the technological know-how to fight back. There was little opposition from Africans in regard to slavery and forced deportation to other countries. This was due to the stringent measures that were indulged by the overseeing countries (Bradshaw).
Another form of forced labor that was very prevalent in the early stages of the soon to be United States was that of indentured servitude. Unlike what is normally perceived as slaves, indentured servants are not just straight up captured and forced into labor.  Indentured servants originally go into their “service” willingly, under the promise that they will eventually be free. However, this was almost never the case. Because indentured servants had no rights while they were indentured servants, they were essentially the same as slaves. Also, masters of indentured servants rarely held up their end of the deal by letting their indentured servants eventually go free. In fact, all children from indentured servants also became the property of the original indentured servants’ master. This made it a never-ending cycle that could not be broken, and also allowed the master to never run out of forced labor. According to the Law Library of Congress
Before the Civil War, slaves and indentured servants were considered personal property, and they or their descendants could be sold or inherited like any other personality. Like other property, human chattel was governed largely by laws of individual states. Generally, these laws concerning indentured servants and slaves did not differentiate between the sexes. Some, however, addressed only women. Regardless of their country of origin, many early immigrants were indentured servants, people who sold their labor in exchange for passage to the New World and housing on their arrival. Initially, most laws passed concerned indentured servants, but around the middle of the seventeenth century, colonial laws began to reflect differences between indentured servants and slaves. More important, the laws began to differentiate between races: the association of “servitude for natural life” with people of African descent became common (www.memory.loc.gov).
Knowing how terrible life is in any sort of forced labor makes it easy to understand why slave labor laws came into play. It is inarguable that it is morally decent that anyone should be forced to serve another against their will. So, with that being wrong in itself, the use of forced labor on a nation-wide scale is even more disgusting. However, it does make you think, would our nation even exist today without being built on the backs of those that slave labor laws protect now?

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