English version

human shield

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhuman shieldˌhuman ˈshield noun [countable]  someone who is taken and kept as a prisoner by a criminal in order to protect the criminal from being killed, injured, or caught
Examples from the Corpus
human shieldDenis says they're using the children as a human shield.There was even some laughter when one of the thieves picked up a little girl to use as a human shield.
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