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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Recent Examples on the Web Survivors and victims of human trafficking are hit especially hard by economic downturns. Alisha Malkani, CNN, 18 May 2021 The Chronicle reported that he was first elected in 2012 and has made human trafficking a top issue for his office, including expanding social services for victims. Dallas News, 24 May 2021 Attorney Robert Poole was taken into custody at the Boone County Jail Friday on charges of felony human trafficking and bribing a witness. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 21 May 2021 For human trafficking: The National Human Trafficking Hotline can be reached toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-888-373-7888. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 19 May 2021 The claim originated as an email chain message in the early 2000s and recently resurfaced on social media, where there has been an increase in misinformation surrounding kidnappings and human trafficking. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 The Champions of Hope participants learned, throughout 2020-2021, about problems such as homelessness, depression, suicide and human trafficking, and about how community leaders and volunteers are working to address those concerns. Kimberly Dishongh, Arkansas Online, 9 May 2021 In the letter, Adel alleges that HB 2810 would place Arizona at greater risk to drug cartels and human trafficking while allowing crime syndicates to run rampant, should it be passed into law. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2021 Leonardo Sakamoto is the president of Repórter Brasil, an investigative reporting organization, focused on issues from human trafficking to workers’ rights to environmental degradation. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, 3 May 2021

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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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Last Updated

10 Jun 2021

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“Human trafficking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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