Definition of white slave in English:

white slave


  • A woman tricked or forced into prostitution, typically one taken to a foreign country for this purpose.

    • ‘Maurice, seeing the slave's light skin did not flinch, he had seen and heard tales of white slaves.’
    • ‘And what motivates Robbins, a rich white slave owner and Henry's former owner, to help Henry succeed?’
    • ‘William Robbins, a neighboring white slave master, arrives at the Townsend plantation with his half-black illegitimate son and daughter.’
    • ‘In particular, antivice reformers argued that the white slave's financial plight kept her ‘in the life’ during the critical transition from innocent dupe to unresisting prostitute.’
    • ‘There were plenty of white slaves in the South, particularly the Carolinas.’
    • ‘In 1909, following Charles Crittenton's death, Kate Waller Barrett assumed presidency of the national organization, involving it in the crusade to eliminate red-light districts and the traffic in white slaves.’
    • ‘And, unlike the white slave traders who, more than likely, did not speak the language of the slaves or attempt to communicate with them, his countrymen spoke with the slaves themselves.’
    • ‘Scanlan and Morris reworked the story - which traces Millie's search for a rich husband while staying at a boardinghouse run by white slave traders - and Scanlan penned lyrics for 10 new songs.’
    • ‘Thanks to his continually replenished stock of white slaves, he succeeded in his ambition to outdo the Versailles Palace of the French Sun King, Louis XIV.’
    • ‘On the floor above lived the white slave traders.’
    • ‘This is billed as the extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's one million European slaves which unearths another forgotten chapter of history, the story of Africa's white slaves.’
    • ‘The daughter of a white slave owner and one of the black women by whom he had many ‘illegitimate’ children, Antoinette is caught in a painful mixed race limbo.’
    • ‘For two centuries, his forebears had been white slaves in North Africa, captives in North America or, like him, prisoners of war in South Asia.’
    • ‘Director George Loane Tucker devoted most of the first act of ‘Traffic in Souls’ to following the flow of cash up the corporate ladder of the white slave trade.’
    • ‘Reformers intended the white slave traffic acts to disrupt the movement of women into red-light districts in order to halt prostitution's production.’
    • ‘Ironically, the local white slave traffic acts, which were only supposed to supplement the Mann Act, proved a more effective tool for fighting commercialized vice.’
    • ‘A beautiful Cuban princess finds herself toiling in a Russian gulag following her kidnap by white slave traders.’
    • ‘Neither anti-vice reformers nor white slavery activists particularly wanted to save the white slave.’
    • ‘Exploitive exposés of the white slave trade were a poverty row film staple since the 1930s, but what sets Olga's Girls apart from its solemn predecessors is a shameless faux-documentary tone.’
    • ‘He was summoned to treat a wounded man who turned out to be a rebel, was arrested with his patient, and sent to the West Indies as a white slave.’


  • white slavery

    • archaic

      • ‘He kidnaps the club's most popular girls and forces Queen into white slavery.’
      • ‘Even after the occupation of Algiers, white slavery remained an argument in favor of the ongoing campaign.’
      • ‘By incorporating white slavery narratives into their attack against the machine, elite Progressives tapped into a popular audience deeply concerned about urban immorality.’
      • ‘Within four years, only 14 per cent of convictions bore any resemblance to white slavery.’
      • ‘Memories of that white slavery lingered as Britons turned their attention to North America.’
      • ‘Charlie Chaplin was shadowed for 50 years by the FBI because they suspected him of being involved in white slavery, according to secret files which were released this week.’
      • ‘There was a boom in exploitation films dealing with crime, white slavery, and drug addiction - not to mention nudist-camp movies.’
      • ‘She hitchhiked alone through Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, despite warnings that she would be raped, murdered, or sold into white slavery.’
      • ‘However, by using the language of white slavery, the government was better able to justify its actions - and no doubt the newspapers sold more copies.’
      • ‘In this context, Hugo used white slavery to represent state-regulated prostitution, particularly the medical examination of prostitutes required by Britain's Contagious Diseases Acts.’
      • ‘Browne told the distraught woman that the child was still alive but had been sold into white slavery and was currently being held in Japan.’
      • ‘The bad men are apparently taking Maria to Mexico to sell her into white slavery.’
      • ‘The subject matter was white slavery - specifically, the abduction and rape of English children.’
      • ‘It is the story of how the Addleton woman became an involuntary participant in white slavery.’
      • ‘Together with his protégé Curtis, they find a connection between the case and a white slavery ring.’
      • ‘Cate Blanchett plays a 19th Century frontier woman in New Mexico whose daughter is kidnapped by some nasty white slavery traders.’
      • ‘Although the white slavery scare was an international panic, local reformers gave white slavery narratives local relevance by retelling the story in language particular to period and place.’
      • ‘Even George Frederickson, the historian who has perhaps looked furthest beyond class and economics for the sources of racism, has written that if white slavery had appeared profitable, it would have been introduced.’
      • ‘As white slavery writers frequently concluded, prostitution was a business run by men for men.’
      • ‘When popular historian Giles Milton told friends that he was researching white slavery, many thought the trade was mythical.’


white slave

/ˌ(h)wīt ˈslāv/