Debt Bondage FAQs:


Q: Is a debt bondage the most common method of enslavement with an estimated 8.1 million people bonded to labour illegally as cited by the International Labour Organization in 2005?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a debt bondage a distinct legal category into which a free person might fall?

A: Yes, and in theory temporarily, distinguished from the pervasive practice of slavery, which included enslavement as a result of defaulting on debt.

Q: Was a debt bondage "quite normal" in classical antiquity?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a debt bondage various forms of paramonē?

A: Yes, and "indentured labor".

Q: Is a debt bondage practiced in Ptolemaic Egypt?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a debt bondage prevalent?

A: Yes, and there are not laws that either state direct prohibition or appropriate punishment.

Q: Was a debt bondage widespread in ancient Greece?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a debt bondage common like brick kilns or fisheries?

A: Yes, and entire families are often involved in paying of the debt of one individual, including children.

Q: Was a debt bondage far more common than slavery?

A: Yes.