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March 9, 1927

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Anniversary of the entry into force of the Slavery Convention 1926 on March 9, 1927.

The Convention defined "slavery" as "the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised".

It defined the "slave trade" as including "all acts involved in the capture, acquisition or disposal of a person with intent to reduce him to slavery; all acts involved in the acquisition of a slave with a view to selling or exchanging him; all acts of disposal by sale or exchange of a slave acquired with a view to being sold or exchanged, and, in general, every act of trade or transport in slaves."

Since 1984, the Society has consistently maintained that persons who are often described as "traffickers" are, in reality, the slave traders.

The Society takes this approach because of the conditions in East Africa which were in the inspiration for the Convention.