If I had not seen it with my own eyes in the HBO documentary ‘Controlling Britney Spears’  I would not have believed that slave labour is alive and kicking and thriving in the USA music industry.

From 2008 Britney Spears has been locked into a Conservatorship arrangement with her father Jamie Spears.  Surprisingly, it is not Britney who is the guardian of her alcoholic father in this arrangement.  He is her guardian.  A Conservatorship is usually sought for elderly, infirmed people who can no longer handle their own affairs.  In these cases, a concerned family member would take out a Conservatorship to take control of the elderly person’s finances and life activities to make sure they are properly cared for and protected.  However in the case of Britney Spears who was experiencing some distress in 2008, her father decided to apply to be her Conservator, stating he was concerned for her mental health.  He apparently felt that at that stage she was unable to run her own life.