The Thirteenth Amendment and Modern Slavery
How to Combat Modern Slavery
The Thirteenth Amendment Condones Slavery.
Though surprising, the text of the Thirteenth Amendment clearly states circumstances when slavery is legal. Indeed, it is an exception to the general abolition of slavery and indentured servitude under the Thirteenth Amendment. It provides as follows:
- U.S. Const. amend. XIII, § 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.”
- U.S. Const. amend. XIII, § 2.
- “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”