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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. The Outer Rim planet of 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]

During the early years of the Galactic Empire, Zygerrian raiders raided Syngia Station in the Sertar sector and enslaved many of the inhabitants. Penn Zarang, who later became an Imperial cadet at the Arkanis Academy, survived the slave raid by hiding in a maintenance conduit. The murder of his father and the death of his mother while enroute to Zygerria convinced Penn to become an Imperial cadet. The raid occurred at a time when the Imperial Military had not expanded into the Outer Rim.[3]

During the Age of the Empire, slavery once again became commonplace, particularly among non-Human species, which were considered inferior by the Human-dominated Galactic Empire. One such example was the Wookiees, who were pressed into service at the spice mines of Kessel following the Empire's conquest of their homeworld of Kashyyyk.[4] Another example were the reptilian Bodach'i species who were enslaved and forced to work in the species mines of Kerev Doi as "reparations" for their homeworld's repeated defiance of Imperial decrees.[5] In addition, the Empire used slaves from several alien species to keep Weapons Factory Alpha (the largest weapons factory in the galaxy) running day and night.[6]

The tentacle-headed Twi'lek, mostly their females, were often captured and sold into slavery as they were considered beautiful. Many females of other races, not just the Twi'lek, were often forced to wear revealing outfits and to dance for their owners. 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.[7]

Following the Battle of Endor, the New Republic's provisional Galactic Senate in Chandrila diverted substantial resources to compensating alien species that had been enslaved by the Galactic Empire.[5]



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