"the philanthropic desire of giving the criminals something to do"

An example of the Congo Free State’s penchant for cloaking labour exploitation within euphemism and philanthropic rhetoric can be found in the following official statement:

'The natives must be induced to throw off their natural indolence and improve their condition. A law therefore, which imposes upon them light and regular work is the only means of giving them the incentive to work; while it is an economic law, it is also a humanitarian law.'

–  The Congo: A Report of the Mission of Enquiry Appointed by the Free State Government, 1905