This is the 13th Amendment of the Constitution
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 was passed in 1789, ending slavery, but setting up a system where one group of people, the ones who already owned everything and were in every level of government could force another group of people to work simply by declaring anyone in the other group had done something criminal. It assumes that all parties will act justly and have the same idea of what crime is. What happened is, the group that had been enslaving the others just kept doing what they always did, because they thought slavery was fine anyway, they thought they knew better than those former slave and their descendants and they needed to "take care of them".
This system has continued to evolve to avoid whatever legal action, moral outrage, culture changes and anything else has happened. It why Derek Chauvin is currently trial instead of in a mental institution.
And here’s the one for you @thatoneguy; this system depends on you being unaware of it and considering things like forcing people to work. Who exactly is going to be in charge of this forced worked system? Is Jeff Bezos’ kid going to go to that? Was your post a day late and you’re just joking?