Language of Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a complex industry, complete with its own vernacular. Understanding the vocabulary used by traffickers is a vital step towards identifying cases of exploitation and intervening on behalf of victims.

Cheese pizza, noun. Child pornography. Synonym: CP.

Donation, noun. Payment to a sexual service provider. Synonyms: Doe, help, roses, or tips.

Ellie, noun. Law enforcement. Synonyms: LE, LEO, or Uncle

Hobbyist, noun. A man who patronizes sex workers. Synonyms: Monger, John, or trick.

GF, adjective. Girl friendly or guest friendly. Typically used to describe a high- end hotel that does not prohibit sex workers from spending the night. Synonym: Green.

Lolita, noun. A commercial sexually exploited minor. The term is a derivative of the 1955 novel Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, about an adult who becomes sexually involved with his 12-year-old stepdaughter, whom he nicknames Lolita.

Notel, noun. No tell. Typically used to describe a low-end hotel, where commercial sex services can be exchanged in secrecy.

P4P, noun. Pay for play or pay for pussy, referring to the exchange of money for sexual services.

Red, adjective. Used to describe a high-end hotel that prohibits sex workers from spending the night or entering the room of the commercial sex consumer.

Rogue, noun. An independent commercial sex worker who escaped a pimp. Synonyms: renegade.

Stable, noun. Multiple commercial sex workers controlled by the same pimp.

Telly, noun. Hotel.

Treintera, noun. A commercial sex worker who is sold to Latino men at construction or day-laborer sites. Consumers are charged $30, which is treinta in Spanish, in exchange for 15 minutes or ejaculation, whichever comes first. Synonym: Treintona.

Two-call system, noun. The commercial sex consumer will call twice for in-call commercial sex providers: first, to set up an appointment time and obtain general directions to the in-call location, and second, to obtain specific information on which room or apartment the sexual services will be provided. This is a tactic to evade law enforcement.

This glossary of sex trafficking terms is published in Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco.