white slavery


Definition of white slavery

dated : enforced prostitution

Examples of white slavery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Millie Dillmount, who has just arrived in the Big Apple from a small town in Kansas, checks in, not realizing that it’s actually the magnet for a white slavery ring that kidnaps and sends tenants to China. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Asian-American actor helps update Texas City ‘Millie’ show," 10 July 2019 As wage slavery was conflated with an emerging trope of white slavery, bondage was rewritten as a universal condition. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery," 11 June 2019 My colleague would have to content herself with another tissue of lies about George Soros engaging in human trafficking and white slavery. Elizabeth Bear, Slate Magazine, "“What Someone Else Does Not Want Printed”," 16 Feb. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'white slavery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of white slavery

1857, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about white slavery

Time Traveler for white slavery

Time Traveler

The first known use of white slavery was in 1857

See more words from the same year

Statistics for white slavery

Cite this Entry

“White slavery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20slavery. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

Comments on white slavery

What made you want to look up white slavery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!