The article is on slavery in the Persian Gulf, as documented in the official reports of British officials and the slaves’ statements made at the British Agencies in the Gulf. Between 1921 and 1946 around 950 slaves applied for manumission. There were almost 280 women among the applicants and data from their statements refer to the position of slave women in the local societies during the critical time of a socio-economic crisis in the 1930s. Who were female-applicants and why were they running away from their masters? In what terms were they describing their status as slaves and moreover, what was it that slavery meant for them?