posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 08:25 PM
ONE more thing to add
Has the US eliminated slavery and indentured servitude?
No they have not.
Legal definition of indentured servitude-
A condition of compulsory service or labor performed by one person, against his will, for the benefit of another person
due to force, threats, intimidation or other similar means of coercion and compulsion directed against him.
In considering whether service or labor was performed by someone against his will or involuntarily, it makes no difference that the
person may have initially agreed, voluntarily, to render the service or perform the work. If a person willingly begins work but later desires to
withdraw and is then forced to remain and perform work against his will, his service becomes involuntary. Also, whether a person is paid a salary or a
wage is not determinative of the question as to whether that person has been held in involuntary servitude. In other words, if a person is forced
to labor against his will, his service is involuntary even though he is paid for his work.
However, it is necessary to prove that the person knowingly and willfully took action, by way of force, threats, intimidation or
other form of coercion, causing the victim to reasonably believe that he had no way to avoid continued service, that he was confronted by the
existence of a superior and overpowering authority, constantly threatening to the extent that his will was completely subjugated.
Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1584, makes it a Federal crime or offense for anyone to willfully hold another person in involuntary servitude.
A person can be found guilty of that offense only if all of the following facts are proved beyond a reasonable doubt:
First: That the person held the victim in a condition of 'involuntary servitude';
Second: That such holding was for a 'term,'; and
Third: That the person acted knowingly and willfully.
It must be shown that a person held to involuntary servitude was so held for a 'term.' It is not necessary, however, that any specific period of time
be proved so long as the 'term' of the involuntary service was not wholly insubstantial or insignificant.
Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1581(a) is the peonage law cited in the indictment.
The specific facts which must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in order to establish the offense of peonage include each and all of the three
specific factual elements constituting involuntary servitude as previously stated and explained in these instructions, plus a fourth specific fact;
namely, that the involuntary servitude was compelled by the person in order to satisfy a real or imagined debt regardless of
Emphasis on certain components mine, but no modification to the definition has been made.
By the way, both SLAYER and I have proven that the tenet of the OP is false and this thread should be put into the HOAX bin.
Also, since indentured servitude is still legal in the US of A, slavery is STILL NOT abolished. How bout THEM APPLES?
edit to add- Forgot to add the 13th Amendment-
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall
exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
edit on 1-2-2011 by saltheart foamfollower because: (no reason given)