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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use mdy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} Slavery is a legal or economic system in which principles of property law can apply to humans so that people can be treated as property,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> and can be owned, bought and sold accordingly, and cannot withdraw unilaterally from the arrangement. While a person is a slave, the owner is entitled to the slave's labour, without any remuneration. The rights and protection of the slave may be regulated by laws and customs in a particular time and place, and a person may become a slave from the time of their capture, purchase or birth. Such slavery is commonly referred to as chattel slavery or traditional slavery. It is the least prevalent form of slavery in the world today.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Today, chattel slavery is unlawful in all countries, but a person may still be described as a slave if he or she is forced to work for another person without an ability on their part to unilaterally terminate the arrangement. Such situations are today commonly referred to as "practices similar to slavery". The present form of the slave trade is commonly referred to as human trafficking.

Slavery existed before written history and in many cultures.<ref name="Slavery"/> It was once institutionally recognized by most societies, but has now been outlawed in all countries,<ref name="Bales2004">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref name="WhiteWhite2014">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> the last being Mauritania in 2007. However, it continues through such practices as debt bondage, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, human trafficking and forced marriage.<ref name="modernslavery">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Accordingly, there are still an estimated 20 million to 36 million slaves worldwide.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name=WFF>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Slavery sections
Intro  Terminology  Practices similar to slavery  Contemporary slavery  History  Abolitionism  Remnants of slavery  Economics  Apologies  Other uses of the term  In film  See also  References  Bibliography and further reading  External links  

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