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Noun: bonded labor
Usage: US (elsewhere: bonded labour)
  1. A practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
    - bonded labour [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: bonded labors

Type of: bondage, slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom

Encyclopedia: Bonded labor