Slavery is more prevalent in the world today than it was in the ancient world. By paying people a pittance and working them looking hours we keep them in poverty Andes debt them the time and opportunity to look for a better job. These days the rich do not just enslave a tribe or a family. Today we enslave entire nations by not paying them a fair price for their goods. Slavery is not intrinsically wrong. God used slavery to punish the enemies of Israel. Men who could not repay their debts were enslaved to repay them whereas today they go bankrupt and never repay it. What is wrong however is the brutal mistreatment of slaves and the use of economic force to impel people into enslavement.
The enslavement of Israel in Egypt and Negro tribes in America and England are examples of wrong and evil slavery. The example of the enslavement of the gibeonites by Israel to be water carriers and we woodcutters is an example of how slavery can have a place in response to situations in a fallen world. Prisons are also inhumane. But we recognise that they are necessary in response to evil in the
world. But again the same principle applies. Imprisonment which is harsh and denies prisoners food and clothing is wrong.