Slavery in China
Slavery in the modern era affects millions in China. Women and children are subject to sexual exploitation, such as through slavery within forced marriage. The 2007 Chinese slave scandal involved thousands of slaves, including, thousands of children, who had gone missing and were forced to work in brickyards. Slavery in China also includes domestic servitude and forced begging.
History of slavery in China
During the Shang dynasty, about 5% of the population was enslaved. During the Qin dynasty, male slaves were forced to labor on projects like the Terracotta Army. Some slaves were those who had been convicted of crimes such as rape and were castrated and enslaved as a result. Emperor Wang Mang banned slavery, but this was repealed after his death. During the Tang Dynasty, there was a shortage of women, which resulted in trade with Koreans for women. During the Ming dynasty, slavery was banned; however, in practice, slavery continued through the Ming dynasty. The Qing dynasty initially saw an increase of slavery in China, though there were measures against slavery.
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