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Slavery also indentured servitude (in the Banu Protectorate) are terms for various similar illegal practices which includes the imprisonment, trafficking of sentient species. Slaves are often forced to work in mines, fight in in gladiatorial rings or used for scientific experimentation. They are sometimes marked by their 'owners'.[1]

Legal status

Trafficking, smuggling or enslaving of sentient beings is forbidden in the UEE. Child and forced labour existed in the Messer Era. Slavery and slave trafficking is now outlawed in the United Empire of Earth, the Xi’an Empire and de jure in the Banu Protectorate. However, some planet-states within the Protectorate still allowing the ownership of slaves.

Slavery in the Banu Protectorate

Slavery in the Banu Protectorate seems to be regulated by a set of rules. A Souli can possess slaves ("and apprentices"), but enslavement is not permanent. Dave Haddock writes that "a Banu don't view their slaves as property or things. (...) just ones who have (...) been entered into this arrangement (...)." A slave can eventually buy their freedom.[2]

Evaluation Guilds

Banu parents sell their children to Evaluation Souli ("Evaluation Guilds") who check their skills and sell them to other Souli for training and "apprenticeship".[2]

Slave markets

Reports of forced labour

Slavelike labour was reported on QuarterDeck and Stanton II.

Reputation of Slavers

Slavers are seen as 'scum' even among other criminals. They seem to have a very bad reputation within the human society.[1]

See also

  • Anthony Tanaka, child worker. His death sparked the resistance against the Messer dictatorship.
  • Fair Chance Act, a UEE law which protects developing species