Definition of bonded labor noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

bonded labor

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forced work for an employer for a fixed time without being paid, often as a way of paying a debt Many of the immigrants are used as bonded labor. Bonded labor was outlawed in the country in 1976.
bonded laborer
 
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noun The children were working as bonded laborers. The bonded laborers are routinely threatened with violence.