Lab Slavery

March 7, 2008

It may come as a surprise to some grad students and postdocs to find that the NIH strictly prohibits

labor obtained by any of the following methods: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.


It also appears to be the case that if you are a private grant awardee (as in a company awarded an SBIR I guess?) or are on-the-job for a public grant awardee you may not:

ii. Procure a commercial sex act during the period of time that the award is in effect;

7 Responses to “Lab Slavery”

  1. Lou Says:

    When I read slavery, I did think “only in America”…

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  2. DrugMonkey Says:

    The notion that slavery is a uniquely American phenomenon is wildly off base.

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  3. Becca Says:

    well there’s policy, and there’s *de facto* policy…
    😉

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  4. Kevin Says:

    … I did think “only in America”
    I too think you are way, way off base here. Modern-day slavery is a global problem.

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  5. Lou Says:

    The notion that slavery is a uniquely American phenomenon is wildly off base.
    No, but the need to still clearly state it is, and I guess it stems from the legal system.

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  6. Inquiring minds need to know: If you are NOT a private grant awardee, is it OK to “Procure a commercial sex act during the period of time that the award is in effect”?
    Also, —“Modern-day slavery is a global problem”—
    I could not agree more. But not just modern-day; slavery has been a global problem for a loooong time now.

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  7. Damn, does that mean that indenture contract I signed is invalid?

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