Section 1 -- Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. I work with a guy who is going to college to earn his degree in social work. I was asked what I thought about this statement. This is still on the books. I am not sure. Doglips I know you are familiar with this field. All opinions are appreciated. Or Facts.