Slavery vs. Indentured servatude

They say in some ways it’s better to be a slave than an indentured servant. With slaves, since they’re property, their owners want to take care of them, keep them and care for them as long-term investments. With indentured servants, they just want to work them as hard as they can for the one year that they have them. It’s harsh.

A friend said this after we visited a booming construction site on campus. He was speaking to the labor conditions for some of the migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. At a little past 11:00am in early April, it was 33 degrees Celsius.