bonded labor

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Noun1.bonded labor - a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom, bondage - the state of being under the control of another person
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The ITUC described the move as 'a positive step' towards getting rid of a system which forces many vulnerable workers into debt bondage.
In December 2016, local rights group Licadho released a report alleging widespread illegal use of debt bondage and child labour at brick factories, based on interviews with more than 50 workers at sites around Phnom Penh and in Tbong Khmum province.
These are sex trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage.
law also recognizes labor trafficking, defined as 'the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
States caught in debt bondage to China risk losing both their most valuable natural assets and their very sovereignty.
Many seafarers are ensnared by loan contracts with exorbitant interest rates even before deployment, which traps them into taking the offer, furthering an endless cycle of debt bondage and servitude.
Traffickers, labor agencies, recruiters, and employers in both the country of origin and the destination country can contribute to debt bondage by charging workers recruitment fees and exorbitant interest rates, making it difficult, if not impossible, to pay off the debt.
Their topics include coolies--Asiaticos and Chinos: global dimensions of second slavery, coolie transformations: uncovering the changing meaning and labor relations of coolie labor in the Dutch Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries, contract labor and debt bondage in the Arab Gulf states: policies and practices with the kafala system, and re-presenting and narrating labor: coolie migration in the Caribbean.
These human rights abuses to farm workers include human trafficking, physical abuse, involuntary confinement, starvation wages, debt bondage, and sexual abuse.
Debt-laden migrants who face abuse or are misled often avoid reporting their exploitation out of fear of reprisal, the lengthy recourse process, or lack of knowledge of their legal rights, making them more vulnerable to forced labour, including debt bondage," the report said.
It also mentioned reports of suicides among migrant workers which have been associated with forced labour, debt bondage and isolation.
In many cases, they are unpaid or held in debt bondage.