The following list of key terms used in sex trafficking is published in Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children by Linda Smith.
1. Automatic — A term denoting the victim’s “automatic” routine when her pimp/trafficker is out of town, in jail, or otherwise not in direct contact with those he is prostituting.
2. Bottom — A female appointed by the trafficker/pimp to supervise the others and report rule violations.
3. Branding — A tattoo or carving on a victim that indicates ownership by a trafficker/pimp/gang.
4. Caught A Case — A term that refers to when a pimp or victim has been arrested and charged with a crime.
5. Circuit — A series of cities among which prostituted people are moved.
6. Exit Fee — The money a pimp will demand from a victim who is thinking about trying to leave.
7. Finesse Pimp/Romeo Pimp — One who prides himself on controlling others primarily through psychological manipulation.
8. Gorilla (or Guerilla) Pimp — A pimp who controls his victims almost entirely through physical violence and force.
9. Kiddie Stroll – An area known for prostitution that features younger victims.
10. Pimp Circle — When several pimps encircle a victim to intimidate through verbal and physical threats in order to discipline the victim or force her to choose up.
11. Quota — A set amount of money that a trafficking victim must make each night before she can come “home.”
12. Squaring Up — Attempting to escape or exit prostitution.
13. Stable — A group of victims who are under the control of a single pimp.
14. Trade Up/Trade Down — To move a victim like merchandise between pimps. A pimp may trade one girl for another or trade with some exchange of money.
15. Trick — Committing an act of prostitution (verb), or the person buying it (noun). A victim is said to be “turning a trick” or “with a trick.”
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