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News Words: Trafficking

Illegal immigrants

Illegal immigrants can become victims of people traffickers

The BBC's Clare Arthurs looks at some of the words and phrases often used in the news and their meanings in various contexts.

This week: trafficking


Clare Arthurs on: trafficking

Related vocabulary

the black market

the illegal buying and selling of things which may be difficult or expensive to get legally

The authorities suspect the 43-year-old man of selling the pills on the black market, where they are sought by users for recreational purposes. (BBC News)


the buying and selling of goods, including illegal goods such as narcotics

... new government guidance will give head teachers firm backing to exclude any pupil caught dealing drugs on school premises. (BBC News)

organised crime

illegal activities which are controlled and carried out by a large and powerful group of criminals

The Scottish government's justice department said tackling organised crime remained a priority. (BBC News)

asylum seekers

people who ask to be allowed to live in a country which is not their own because they are in danger in their homeland

Groups campaigning for the rights of asylum seekers back a report that urges more humane treatment for asylum seekers. (BBC News)

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