Slavery is as old as mankind. The slaves were made to work by the rich and powerful, their owners and overseers, at physical labours that sapped their strength and deprived them of their dignity. Often chained, always beaten to keep them in line. Tilling fields, building pyramids, or rowing ships, they died in place.
The Forgotten by David Baldacci, 424 pp, 2012 Macmillan paperback. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 695 baht.
It wasn't until the 19th century that slavery was legally abolished in country after country yet it did continue, illegally, in what was known as white slavery. This generally referred to white women who were kidnapped and sold into prostitution (extending to non-white women).
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