Why was 19th century indenture system referred to as the new 'system of slavery'?

(i) The indenture labourers lived in harsh working conditions and had few legal rights.
(ii) They were under contract to work free to pay for their passage which they could never earn, as a result they were almost in bondage.
(iii) If anyone wanted to run away, they were caught and severely punished that is why indenture has been described as the new system of slavery.

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