One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who obtains a prostitute for another person.
- ‘The bill did include more rigorous punishment for procurers and for the clients of under-age prostitutes, and a reduction in penalties for adult prostitutes.’
- ‘There are at least three reports each year of procurers kidnapping maids off the street and forcing them into prostitution.’
- ‘Many procurers will woo and even marry a young girl to win her trust.’
- ‘A restaurant manager gave him a job frying chicken but that manager turned out to be a procurer of talent for the sex business.’
- ‘The man was an Arab of upper class, he was a procurer of women for Middle Eastern men of high rank, and he claimed that he had brought women in for the Middle Eastern embassies in Washington.’
- ‘Howard was effectively acting as a procurer, as a pimp.’
- ‘On our premises, without exception, they are condemned to remain exploited with the hands of the procurers.’
- ‘He acted as chauffeur and procurer of prostitutes and was more like a paid private assistant.’
- ‘A British man was arrested for filming and performing sexual acts with young boys and a Thai part-time fortuneteller has been charged with acting as a procurer.’
- ‘I think it's probably one of those vicious circles - as long as it is considered ‘shameful’ to be a sex trade worker, it will be considered shameful to be a procurer, and vice versa.’
- ‘Another procurer is awaiting trial in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu accused of selling 200 women.’
- ‘The depths of poverty make the area easy pickings for brothel agents, or Aunties, as the procurers of young girls are known locally.’
- ‘When officers investigated they discovered that she was working at a bar in South Pattaya and acting as a procurer for the sexual services of her eight-year-old daughter.’
- ‘Nor were women the only targets of these deportations: men believed to be involved as procurers or associates of prostitutes were also excluded.’
- ‘Some of those disability providers have ended up in a very invidious and ambiguous situation of acting, basically, as a procurer to obtain sex for their clients.’
- ‘Women indicated that preparation, preference, availability, and cost were barriers; these factors did not appear to be major barriers for men, and likely reflect women's continued role as the main procurers of food for families.’
- ‘These foreign women have voiced complaints that they receive only about one-third of the above proceeds, with the remainder going to the procurers or for ‘protection.’’
- ‘The procurer of the minor has also been prosecuted under the law, receiving a five year sentence and a fine of 20,000 yuan.’
- ‘Have you ever unlawfully distributed or sold controlled substances, or been a prostitute or procurer for prostitutes?’
- ‘One girl indentured in the early 1980s reported that her mother was tricked by Han procurers who had promised a waitressing job.’
A person who causes someone to do something or something to happen.
- ‘A quarter of child deaths could be prevented by immunisations, according to the head of a multi-billion-dollar vaccine procurer.’
- ‘The suggestion in the counselor's reference is that it must be the procurer's purpose to produce the actus reus.’
- ‘Most were offered jobs in the city or tricked into bogus marriages by procurers promising them a new life in India.’
- ‘The procurer must be able to be shown to have acted with knowledge of the contract, and with the intention to interfere with the claimant's contractual rights.’
- ‘Whether an accomplice is described as an aider, abettor, counsellor, or procurer seems to depend partly on ordinary language, and partly on specific judicial decisions.’
Late Middle English (denoting a steward): from Anglo-Norman French procurour, from Latin procurator (see procurator). Sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century.
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