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)

Examples of human trafficking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly two years later, the 28-year-old is still in LaGrange, hoping the U.S. government will declare him a victim of human trafficking. Lautaro Grinspan, ajc, 5 Aug. 2022 Failing to properly train staff on the warning signs of human trafficking. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 Zulu Grille’s new location in South Jordan, which serves South African cuisine and supports Johannesburg program Home of Hope for Girls, which supports victims of human trafficking, is scheduled to open July 29, 2022. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2022 The initiative included training more than 80 hotels in the Birmingham area on the signs of human trafficking, as well as 3,500 volunteers and even athletes. Carol Robinson |, al, 18 July 2022 The two protagonists of the series are Anna and Jázmin, who were victims of human trafficking and now live in sheltered accommodation in Hungary. Denes Varga, Variety, 22 June 2022 Suburban police officers and prosecutors will receive training Wednesday to recognize the signs of human trafficking in a daylong program being held at Judson University in Elgin. Gloria Casas, Chicago Tribune, 14 June 2022 Homicides, however, are up 39%, while reports of human trafficking have increased 9%, carjackings 10% and nonfatal shootings 6%. Elliot Hughes, Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2022 Few are as mind-boggling as that told by Filmon Debru, who is an Eritrean survivor of human trafficking. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of human trafficking

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of human trafficking was in 1904

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9 Aug 2022

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“Human trafficking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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