human trafficking


Definition of human trafficking 

: organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor)

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Those events include a talk by Kara Ulmer, director of World Relief Akron; a panel on human trafficking; a speech by Ashland University coach Sue Ramsey; and an appearance by District 4 Way Speech Contest winners from area high schools. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "An emotional trip back to Auschwitz for a Beachwood man; knitting hats for newborns at Laurel School; more: Press Run," 20 Apr. 2018 Milwaukee performing artists drop the gloves in early 2018, offering two-fisted takes on human trafficking, immigration, authoritarian rule and the pesky problem of unexpectedly turning into a bug. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "22 intriguing Milwaukee performances in early 2018," 4 Jan. 2018 Their passport is usually kept in a lock and key somewhere, which is the definition of human trafficking. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 Drake sends a celebratory shout out to Baka Not Nice, his bodyguard and OVO artist who was jailed for six months in 2015 for assaulting a woman (charges of prostitution and human trafficking were dropped)., "Album Review: Drake Is Upset On Scorpion. Women Should Be Upset About Scorpion.," 2 July 2018 Also, on Thursday, the Office of the Mayor of New York proclaimed June 7 as Ricky Martin Day for his artistic legacy, commitment to eradicate human trafficking and his solidarity with Puerto Rico after the impact of hurricanes. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "This Week in Latin Notas: Ricky Martin's 'Fiebre' Goes Platinum, Carlos Vives Fights Plastic Pollution & More," 12 June 2018 Jacque mentioned his work on public safety, domestic abuse, human trafficking and drunken driving. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tuesday's special elections in Wisconsin could offer clues about a possible 'blue wave'," 7 June 2018 Below are their names and charges: Yusef Muhammad, 63, of Montgomery; first-degree human trafficking and second-degree promoting prostitution. Anna Beahm,, "4 men arrested during human trafficking sting operation in Tuscaloosa," 9 Apr. 2018 Jason McLeod, 35, of Mattapan, was previously charged with human trafficking and deriving support from prostitution from his relationship with Rodriguez, prosecutors said. Aimee Ortiz,, "Two men extradited to Mass. for Braintree murder plead not guilty; ordered held without bail," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of human trafficking

1904, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of human trafficking 

: the business of inducing a person to perform labor or engage in prostitution through force, fraud, or coercion — see also labor trafficking, sex trafficking

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