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forced labour

Meaning: modern-day slavery

For example:

  • The use of forced labour on fishing boats is very common in Southeast Asia.

  • Are you sure these clothes weren't made in factories that use forced labour?

Note: Used to describe many forms of modern slavery, from the sale of children into sexual slavery to the practice of promising poor people good jobs and then forcing them to work for little or no money and threatening to beat or kill them if they refuse to work or try to escape. Also "forced labor" (American spelling).

Quick Quiz:

We buy products made with "forced labour" because they're

a. of very good quality

b. of very poor quality

c. often much cheaper

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Contributor: Matt Errey