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Old 05-06-2016, 09:59 PM
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When and where was the last place you could legally own a slave?

I understand that human trafficking is still a huge problem. Still, what was the last place that you could openly acknowledge that you owned another person?

To put it another way, has there ever been a global Emancipation Proclamation?

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Old 05-06-2016, 10:05 PM
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Wikipedia entry on timeline of slavery abolition.

Looks like Mauritania, either 1981 (when slavery was abolished) or 2007 (when owning a slave became a crime).
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Old 05-06-2016, 10:05 PM
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Mauritania, 1981, though no criminal penalties were in place for owning slaves until 2007.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_Mauritania
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:20 PM
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To put it another way, has there ever been a global Emancipation Proclamation?
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights that states in Article 4: “no one should be held in slavery or servitude, slavery in all of its forms should be eliminated.”

So, yes.

Has it been 100% effective? Not yet.
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:45 AM
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Old 05-07-2016, 02:03 AM
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In the Western hemisphere, it looks like Brazil and Cuba kept passing "Abolition of Slavery, This Time We Mean It For Real" laws up until 1888 in Brazil and around 1900 in Cuba.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:23 AM
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Mauritania had (IIRC) abolished slavery before 1981, but the laws weren't enforced, so they had to keep passing new laws.

Prior to that, some of the Persian Gulf monarchies abolished slavery in the 1962-1970 period, and Bhutan did in 1958.
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The UK only specified "Slavery" as a crime in 2010. Earlier prosecutions to enforce abolition used pre-existing laws (false imprisonment, etc).

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In the Western hemisphere, it looks like Brazil and Cuba kept passing "Abolition of Slavery, This Time We Mean It For Real" laws up until 1888 in Brazil and around 1900 in Cuba.
Brazil did it very gradually. By the time of the Golden Law in 1888, other laws had already been passed that abolished the slave trade, automatically freed slaves at age 65, and legislated that all children of slaves were born free (meaning that even without the Golden Law, slavery still would have eventually died out). But in 1888 it was finally done away with for good all at once.
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:10 AM
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The UK only specified "Slavery" as a crime in 2010. Earlier prosecutions to enforce abolition used pre-existing laws (false imprisonment, etc).
And AUS, with the historically shared legal system (we didn't have a revolution), did the same around the same time. In Aus, it had the unexpected effect of making indentured servitude de jure "slavery", which meant that some behaviour was declared "slavery" and became illegal from that date.
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