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    Question Meaning of an expression

    Dear teachers,

    I would be grateful if you could help me understand the meaning of a passage in this original text:

    "The vast majority of slavery victims are confined to the shadows of our societies. Their suffering fuels an evil web of trafficking, debt bondage, prostitution, child pornography and other forms of illicit activities. Trafficking is living hell on earth, and it’s worth $150 billion per year, significantly more than the annual turnover of some of the world’s most profitable companies".

    First of all, I wonder if "trafficking" here stands for "human trafficking" or what else?

    Then I wonder what does "Trafficking is living hell on earth" means. My guess is "trafficking is very common in todays' world". Am I correct?

    Thank you in advance,

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    Re: Meaning of an expression

    Welcome to the forum.

    You are right about "trafficking" - in this piece, it refers to "human trafficking".

    Do you understand what "hell" is? Do you understand what "earth" is?

    "Hell" is a terrible place (allegedly). Most of us would not want to experience it. If something is "hell on earth" it means that it is a very unpleasant experience which the people in the piece are experiencing right here, right now, on planet earth and while they are still alive! It does not mean that it is "common in today's world".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Question Re: Meaning of an expression

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    You are right about "trafficking" - in this piece, it refers to "human trafficking".

    Do you understand what "hell" is? Do you understand what "earth" is?

    "Hell" is a terrible place (allegedly). Most of us would not want to experience it. If something is "hell on earth" it means that it is a very unpleasant experience which the people in the piece are experiencing right here, right now, on planet earth and while they are still alive! It does not mean that it is "common in today's world".
    Thank you. I understand what you mean, but I still wonder about how to translate it. "Trafficking" is the subject of the sentence. Or should I read it as "_PEOPLE WHO SUFFER TRAFFICKING_ ARE living hell on earth"? I find the structure of the sentence is not quite clear -- is it?

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