white slavery

noun

dated : enforced prostitution

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 16 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white slavery was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“White slavery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20slavery. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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