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Anakin Meets Padme

Anakin Skywalker was a slave in Watto's junk shop, where he met Padmé Amidala.

"I can't believe there's still slavery in the galaxy. The Republic's anti-slavery laws—"
"The Republic doesn't exist out here. We must survive on our own."
―Padmé Amidala and Shmi Skywalker discuss slavery on Tatooine[src]

Slavery was a practice and institution where sentient beings were bought, sold, and held as property of other sentient beings. Although the Galactic Republic outlawed slavery, it still existed around the time of the Clone Wars. Tatooine had a slave population living in Mos Espa, and slaves had chips implanted into their bodies that would explode if the slave attempted to escape.[1] Centuries earlier, Zygerria controlled a powerful Slave Empire, which some on Zygerria attempted to rebuild during the Clone Wars.[2]

With the rise of the Galactic Empire, slavery once again became commonplace, particularly among non-Human species, which were considered sub-standard by the Empire. One such example was the Wookiees, who were pressed into service at the spice mines of Kessel following the Empire's conquering of their homeworld of Kashyyyk. Another example was on Cymoon 1 where the Empire utilized slaves to keep Weapons Factory Alpha (the largest weapons factory in the galaxy) running day and night.[3] In many other cases, those that were not actually slaves in name nevertheless worked in near slave-like existences, forced to endure grueling jobs to eke out a meager living while also often having to contend with corrupt Imperial officials.[4]

Someone who engaged in practices related to slavery, such as capturing people to make them into slaves, was known as a slaver.[5]



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