"rather like the eastern slave market"
'The Harem: Introduction of an Abyssinian Slave (1860s)
Public Domain'The Harem: Introduction of an Abyssinian Slave (1860s) - Credit: John Frederick Lewis

From the 19th century onwards, the expression the East was a blanket term used by Europeans to describe large areas of Asia, with distinctions sometimes being drawn between the Near East, the Middle East and the Far East. In the post-colonial period, the use of such terminology has been analyzed and criticised in works such as Edward Saïd's Orientalism as representing a highly Eurocentric  view of the world.

Having said that, the eastern slave trade is a term still in use to describe slave-trading within the Arab world (Western Asia, North Africa and other areas historically under Arab rule). It is sometimes suggested that the eastern slave trade has received less attention from historians than the Atlantic slave trade.