labor camp


: a penal colony where forced labor is performed
: a camp for migratory laborers

Examples of labor camp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In early 1938, a U.S. senator from Georgia denounced Turpentine, a Federal Theater Project play with a Black cast about the South’s notorious debt-bondage labor camps. Adam Hochschild, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 Human rights groups reported a brutal crackdown: Some adherents were sent to labor camps; others were tortured and killed. Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, 13 Oct. 2023 There are four 60-feet-tall vertical mosaic murals designed by the San Francisco artist and social activist Juan R. Fuentes, who grew up in the agricultural labor camps outside of Watsonville and was the first in his family to go to college. Heather Knight, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 At 6 years old, Yakov was forced into a labor camp in Libya. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 The Chinese government has also allegedly housed factories, including textile shops, inside these prisons, turning them into labor camps. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 5 Oct. 2023 Thousands were dispatched to three labor camps in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. Han Zhang, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2023 Documentarian Ai Xiaoming recorded the remote, barren landscape where thousands of political prisoners died by famine in a labor camp in the late 1950s. Ian Johnson, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 Born to a Mexican American family, Montañez grew up in a migrant labor camp outside of Los Angeles. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 10 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of labor camp was in 1900

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“Labor camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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