In the midterm elections in USAvoters in five states would decide on a series of measures to implement changes to their state constitutions in order to ban slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for some crime.
The measures, which could reduce the use of prison labor, were approved in Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont.
However, in Louisiana, a former slave stateThey rejected the changes. The legislators recommended that the population make this decision, since they argued that the electoral measure included ambiguous language that did not prohibit the involuntary servitude in the criminal justice system.
Despite the setback in the southeastern state, Max Parthas, campaign coordinator for the National Network Abolish Slaverycalled Tuesday’s vote on anti-slavery measures historic.
The results were widely celebrated among anti-slavery advocates, including those pushing to further amend the US Constitution, which bans slavery and involuntary servitude. except as a form of criminal punishment.
In United States, slavery has been abolished since 1865.
However, at 157 years still there are exceptions in some places like Louisiana, where those convicted can still be sentenced to hard labor. Currently, there are thousands of prisoners in the country who work without receiving any payment.
After Tuesday’s vote, more than a dozen states they still have constitutions that include language allowing slavery and involuntary servitude of prisoners.