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Slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised (Article 1 of the Slavery Convention (1926)). Slavery, the slave trade, and institutions and practices similar to slavery are prohibited under all of the major global and regional human rights treaties (see Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948); Article 8 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966); Article 6 of the American Convention on Human Rights (1969); Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (1981); and Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights (1950)), and under the Slavery Convention (1926) and the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery (1956). Of particular relevance to children are bonded labour or debt bondage and specific aspects of child trafficking.

See also:
Bonded labour   Child labour   Economic exploitation   Exploitation   Forced labour   Sale and trafficking   Slavery