On ‘Trafficking’ And ‘Smuggling’

The grim news from San Antonio has two words being used interchangeably. It’s not yet clear that they should be used that way.

Smuggling, in this context, is the illegal transporting of people into the U.S.

Trafficking involves “force, fraud or coercion.”

As of now, the driver of the truck has been charged with smuggling.

It might turn out that the people in that truck were also the victims of “force, fraud or coercion.” But we don’t know that yet. So “trafficking” isn’t the word to use at this point.

(“Memmos;” July 24, 2017)

July 24, 2017

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