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A slave is a person who is the legally owned property of another person and is forced to obey them.

Outside BDSM[edit]

Slaves in antiquity: Slave Market, painting by J.L. Gerome (1866).

Slaves are trated as "property" and forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase, or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation.

Slavery has existed, in one form or another, through the whole of recorded human history — as have, in various periods, movements to free large or distinct groups of slaves. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declared freedom from slavery is an internationally recognized human right.

In BDSM[edit]

A slave girl chained in a BDSM dungeon.

In BDSM, slave is a role taken consensually. It is as such fundamentally different from the usual use of the term "slave", and BDSM play is usually unaffected by laws against "real" slavery.

The partner of a slave is usually called their Owner, Master, or Mistress. A slave is a submissive, but the term implies a more pervasive relationship than "submissive" does. A slave is almost always a slave to a specific Master (or Mistress). Occasionally, but rarely, a slave will acknowledge more than one Master. A master/slave relationship suggests one that goes beyond sexual scenes, and affects the day-to-day life of the people involved. It can be formally codified slave contract.

However, different people have different conceptions of the role, and may use it in different ways. There is no single accepted and definitive list of traits that a "slave" must possess, nor is there clear agreement on what distinguishes a "slave" from a "submissive".

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