An interesting section of the US constitution 

An interesting section of the US constitution

Did you know slavery is legal in the USA? Read this section of that country's constitution.


Amendment XIII

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.



It is possible the exception refers ONLY to the "involuntary servitude" bit of it. Not sure.

NOw, before you go all rabid on me, let me assure you I do think the USA's constitution is very good in general, far better than my own country's constitution.

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Comment I merely point out what the section says, nothing more. You may of course feel free to define slavery any way you wish, and say it "implies" whatever you wish.

Thu Aug 14, 2003 10:46 pm MST by Adam

Comment This amendment was approved by the states to end slavery after the US Civil War. At the time of the amendment, there was concern that the amendment would would be interpreted to prohibit compulsory work for prisoners. This was a nearly universal practice worldwide.l In a few southern states,convicted prisoners can still be forced to work without pay. In practice, only a miniscule proportion of prisoners work without pay. Slavery implies ownership and being bought and sold as a commoditiy. Prisoners are not owned, bought or sold. They are confined as a sentence for crimes they've been convicted of. When they have served their time they are released from prison, they don't buy their freedom as slaves do. If you honestly believe that the 13th amendment makes slavery legal, then you should consider all imprisonment to be kidnapping. After all, prisoners are people who are held against their will. You seem to be suggesting something scandalous is going on under the noses of Americans. Nonsense!

Wed Aug 13, 2003 7:02 am MST by Anonymous

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