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Unfree labour is a generic or collective term for those work relations, especially in modern or early modern history, in which people are employed against their will by the threat of destitution, detention, violence, lawful compulsion, or other extreme hardship to themselves or to members of their families. Unfree labour includes all forms of slavery, and related institutions. Many of these forms of work may be covered by the term forced labour, which is defined by the International Labour Organization as all involuntary work or service exacted under the menace of a penalty. However, under the Forced Labour Convention the term forced or compulsory labour shall not include: ⁕any work or service exacted in virtue of compulsory military service laws for work of a purely military character; ⁕any work or service which forms part of the normal civic obligations of the citizens of a fully self-governing country; ⁕any work or service exacted from any person as a consequence of a conviction in a court of law, provided that the said work or service is carried out under the supervision and control of a public authority and that the said person is not hired to or placed at the disposal of private individuals, companies or associations; (via Freebase)