“Bound out”. It’s an English expression that can mean two things even though it’s the same thing. Once upon a time, children of poor parents were “bound out” to a wealthier family. This is both: Indentured servitude, which is a form of slavery with a possible escape clause and also apprenticeship to a functional trade, such as housework, machinist, carpenter, etc. You can see it as a form of adoption (think: Oliver Twist) or Punishing poor parents by abducting their children as labor. Oddly, it’s not an either/or thing. It really is both.

“Bound out”.
It’s an English expression that can mean two things even though it’s the same thing.

Once upon a time, children of poor parents were “bound out” to a wealthier family.

This is both:
Indentured servitude, which is a form of slavery with a possible escape clause

and also

apprenticeship to a functional trade, such as housework, machinist, carpenter, etc.

You can see it as a form of adoption (think: Oliver Twist)
or
Punishing poor parents by abducting their children as labor.

Oddly, it’s not an either/or thing. It really is both.

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