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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Her case has become a national rallying point for activists trying to reform the criminal justice system, and raise awareness about the toll of human trafficking.
Women are far more likely to be the victims of human trafficking.
On December 23, 2008, President Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to combat human trafficking.
Of these four stated overarching goals for 2017, the Trump administration has taken meaningful action on only one: ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
The mandatory training will include twice-yearly sessions on how to recognize human trafficking and its victims.
Those events include a talk by Kara Ulmer, director of World Relief Akron; a panel on human trafficking; a speech by Ashland University coach Sue Ramsey; and an appearance by District 4 Way Speech Contest winners from area high schools.
Milwaukee performing artists drop the gloves in early 2018, offering two-fisted takes on human trafficking, immigration, authoritarian rule and the pesky problem of unexpectedly turning into a bug.
Their passport is usually kept in a lock and key somewhere, which is the definition of human trafficking.
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First Known Use of human trafficking
1904, in the meaning defined above
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