Human Trafficking Lingo
Rebecca Bender ©
HUMAN TRAFFICKING LINGO
Bottom, or Bottom B*tch: A person appointed by the pimp/trafficker to recruit potential victims, report violation of rules, and often to help punish.
B*tch: A term used endearingly toward one another to refer to a “working girl.”
Working: performing sexual acts for money.
Branded: A tattoo on a victim indicating ownership by a trafficker/pimp.
Daddy: A term a male trafficker /pimp requires his victims to call him.
P.I.: Another term for pimp
Family or Folks: A group of victims under the control of a trafficker/pimp. The term is an attempt to recreate the family environment.
Gorilla Pimp: A violent trafficker/pimp
Romeo/Finesse Pimp: A trafficker who uses fraud and deception to lure their victims in by pretending to be their boyfriend.
Grooming: When a trafficker is dating a girl to win her trust, before he tells her he is trafficker or pimp.
Lot Lizard: Derogatory term for prostituted women and children at truck stops.
Pimp Circle: Describes a situation where pimps circle around a victim to intimidate and discipline them, using verbal and physical threats/action, i.e.beating with wire coat hangers, defecating and urinating on victims
Quota: The amount of money a victim must give to their trafficker/pimp each night. If a quota is not met, the victim may be made to work until it is, or may be beaten or otherwise disciplined.
Seasoning: The process of breaking a victim’s spirit and gaining control over her, using rapes, beatings, manipulation and intimidation. There is actually a manual for pimps on how to season victims.
Stable: A group of victims under the control of a pimp.
Trade Up/Trade Down: The act of buying or selling a person for a pimp’s stable.
Knock: Convincing a girl to go home with a trafficker – before the “turning out” phase.
Turn Out: To be forced into prostitution; also a person newly involved.
“Wifey” or Wife-in-law: A term prostituted women and children are required to call the other females in the “stable.”
Sister: Another term for the other females in the stable.
Kiddie Track or Runaway Track: Just what it sounds like it means.
The Track/ The Blade: The area in which a girl walks to try to catch a date.
John / Trick: A man purchasing sex from a prostituted woman or child.
Date: The appointment set up to exchange sex for money.
Staying in/out of pocket: Abiding to the rules that the trafficker has set before his females.
Reckless Eyeballing: Looking at other pimps, which is considered out of pocket.
Caught a Case: Went to jail for prostitution.
Stack: Putting money to the side, whether a girl stacks money without permission, or the trafficker is stacking money so they can make a move
Square: A person who is living a “normal” lifestyle
The Game/The Life: What the entire life of human trafficking is referred to.
Chose Up: The act of joining a traffickers stable.
Choosing Fee: A term used on girls to pay to enter the stable
Rebecca Bender ©