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“the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised”

An unknown number of people voluntarily enter into employment in farms, factories and homes and, once in the door, are unable to leave because the employer/enforcer holds them in forced labor. They may work alongside persons who were recruited and brought into the same situation (i.e., trafficked). But, they are not defined as ‘trafficked’ and so are not eligible for the legal protections offered to trafficked workers. Many governments are aware of the existence of forced labor by individuals or businesses and do little to stop it. Officials may have ties to the people using forced labor and turn a blind eye to the abuse of vulnerable groups. Thus, governments may be passively complicit in the practice. It is important to note that forced labor is not the same as worker exploitation.9 People who work in exploitative conditions and receive extremely low wages but who are not subject to physical or psychological trauma are not victims of forced labor. Although they might not want to leave the job due to lack of alternatives, they are not prevented by the employer/enforcer from leaving. On a scale of 1