Agreed, but I still struggle with the definition. If that is what the sign was trying to address, why not say...
If you see sex trafficking...
If you see immigrants being smuggled...
If you see people being forced to work against their will...
I just took the big red dictionary off the shelf and it defines a slave as a person that is owned as property. It could just be me, but forced labor including forced illegal activity such as prostitution, is something different than slavery.
I live in the DC area. As another poster pointed out, there are a lot of instances of real slavery here: women locked up in some foreign couple’s house, beaten, forced to work 18 hours a day every day, not paid, not allowed to use the phone, forced to sleep on a pile of rags in the basement, not allowed to learn English, etc. You can call it coercion, you can call it pecan pie if you like, but it’s slavery.
1. A person who is held in bondage to another;
2. one who is wholly subject to the will of another;
3. one who is held as a chattel;
4. one who has no freedom of action, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another.
Definition 3 and possibly 1 refer to de jure status, or status under the law.
Definitions 2, 4 and possibly 1 refer to de facto status, how a person is treated in fact without reference to whether his treatment is legal.
So, yeah, a person can be enslaved illegally. In fact, slavery is technically illegal everywhere on earth at the moment. Still exists in many places de facto.
Some muslims in Colorado had a slave for 4 years. They also raped her and forced her to provide sexual services to friends.
The judge sentenced them to pay her a fair wage for the past four years.
This country is screwed by political correctness.