blackbirding

[ blak-bur-ding ]
/ ˈblækˌbɜr dɪŋ /

noun

(formerly) the act or practice of kidnapping people, especially Pacific islanders, and selling them into slavery abroad, usually in Australia.

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Origin of blackbirding

First recorded in1870–75; blackbird + -ing1
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