When working with victims of sexual exploitation, it helps to understand the language they may use. Definitions here are taken and adapted from “Domestic Sex Trafficking: The Criminal Operations of the American Pimp” by Polaris Project and “Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children” by Linda Smith (via Shared Hope International).
Bottom: One of a group of victims under the control of an exploiter or pimp, the bottom helps the trafficker exert control over other victims.
Daddy: The term a pimp will often require his victim to call him.
Dates, johns, tricks: Pays or trades something of value for sex.
Facilitators: People or businesses that enable traffickers to exploit victims. Includes taxi drivers, hotel owners, and newspapers or websites where traffickers advertise.
Family or folk: Group of victims under the control of one exploiter or pimp.
The life: The experience of being used as a victim in prostitution.
Trafficker: (also known as pimp) Someone who receives money or something of value for the sexual exploitation of another person.
Stroll or track: Places where street prostitution occurs.
Wife in law: Women or girls under the control of one pimp.
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