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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Survivors of human trafficking are finding help and a safe place to start over at Orange County’s 10-bed crisis shelter, Florida’s first exclusively supported by government dollars. Stephen Hudak,, "Orange County's crisis shelter for human-trafficking victims is full — and that may be a good thing," 12 July 2018 Authorities said that during the investigation, both girls were determined to be victims of human trafficking. Diana Lambert And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Former high school coach pleads no contest to human trafficking, gets 13-year sentence," 27 June 2018 Proceeds to benefit survivors of human trafficking. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "You can still get tickets to these cheap (and some swanky) Kentucky Derby parties in 2018," 1 May 2018 Backpage the company also pleaded guilty to human trafficking in Texas. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Backpage CEO pleads guilty to conspiracy, money laundering," 13 Apr. 2018 Thankfully there have been some (but too few) legislative bipartisan bright-spots on issues such as workforce development (Perkins CTE) + combatting opioid addiction and human trafficking., "What Ivanka Did This Week: Pavers, Protests & Paid Family Leave," 13 July 2018 The force combines officers from federal, state, county, tribal and local law enforcement agencies to help secure Arizona's border and prevent drug smuggling and human trafficking. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Funding boost will increase staffing for Arizona Border Strike Force," 11 July 2018 Her areas of expertise are Mexico-U.S. relations, organized crime, immigration, border security, and human trafficking. Time, "Mexico's New President AMLO and Donald Trump Have Promised Mutual 'Respect.' How Long Can That Last?," 3 July 2018 Davis is playing for the Drew League, helping youth in the South Central Los Angeles area, and Marie is competing for A21, which works to stop slavery and human trafficking around the world. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "TBS to Host Its Second Celebrity E-Sports Tournament for Charity," 28 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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