Strolling Away

GLOSSARY

BAD DATE:
When a customer/trick harms and/or rips a sex trade worker off. This often involves physical abuse and sometimes weapons.
BLOW JOB:
Oral sex/fellatio that a sex trade worker gives to a customer/trick. Male sex trade workers will often allow a customer/trick to give them a blow job. "French" is also another term used for blow job.
BUDDY:
Customer/trick who purchases the woman/man for sexual purposes in exchange for money.
CONDOMS:
Safe sex, sheiks, rubbers prophylactics and covers are other terms used for condoms.
DATE:
Customer/trick who purchases the woman/man for sexual purposes in exchange for money.
DOPE ADDICT:
DOPE PUSHER:
An individual who sells non-prescription or prescription drugs illegally.
FEMINIST RESEARCH:
"Feminist Research investigates the aspects of women’s oppression while seeking at the same time to be part of the struggle against it." (McIntyre 1995:15)
GAME:
Slang term used for the activity of prostitution.
GROUNDED THEORY:
"At the beginning of the research, interviews usually consist of open-ended conversations during which the respondents are allowed to talk with no imposed limitations of time. Often researchers sit back while the respondents tell their stories." (Glaser and Strauss, 1967:76)
HAND JOB:
Sex trade worker masturbates customer.
HIGH:
The physiological and mental reaction to drugs.
HO/HOE/HOOKER:
Term for sex trade worker most often used for women such as "ladies of the night".
HUSTLER:
Term most often used for male sex worker.
JOHN:
Is a customer who purchases the woman/man for sexual purposes in exchange for money. They are also referred to as "customer", "trick", "buddy" or "date".
LAY:
"Lay" is a term for vaginal intercourse.
LINES OF INQUIRY:
Lines of inquiry represent the method of open-ended questioning in specific topic areas.
MAN:
"Man" usually means pimp that a woman is working for/ involved with.
MAINSTREAM FOLKS:
People not involved in prostitution.
MY PEOPLE:
The family that the sex worker is associated with usually means pimp and wife-in-laws, but often can mean large family associated with sex work.
PROSTITUTION:
An individual who engages in sexual activity for the exchange of money or products.
PUMP:
The energy described by sex trade workers on the street. All the activity and the unpredictable nature of street live.
RITUALS:
A pattern of behaviour that occurs in specific situations.
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION TRADE:
A youth who exchanges sexual activity with adults for money or products.
SNOWBALL SAMPLING:
Persons interviewed may tell others about the research.
SQUARE:
A person not knowledgeable about the streets.
SQUARED UP:
When a woman leaves the business sometimes leaving man/pimp/family in the process.
STRAIGHT PEOPLE:
People not involved in prostitution.
STROLL:
Area where someone works on the street. Known as "stroll" because the sex worker walks up and down it. This constant movement was necessary historically because of the old Vagrancy charges. There is a distinction of "high stroll", meaning more expensive sex workers, like "high track". "Low stroll" is same as "low track" meaning less expensive sex workers.
TRACK:
The street where you work is known as the "track" or "stroll". No one knows for sure why it is called track. Some relevant connotations are: that it is the wrong side of the tracks; track marks up and down arms; often by railway tracks; people drive up and down like they are on tracks. "Tracks" are sometimes seen as high and low. "High track" meaning higher quality girls and prices and "low track" meaning lower quality girls and prices.
TRADE:
Slang term used for the activity of prostitution.
TRICK:
Customers who purchase the woman/man for sexual purposes in exchange for money. The customer is also known as "buddy", "john" or "date".
TURNED HIM:
"Turned him" refers to action with a customer. It means that the money is exchanged and sex act is completed. "Turned a trick" is another term for "turned him".
TURNED OUT:
When a sex trade worker first began working is referred to as "turning out".
TURNED A TRICK:
When sex trade worker completes a transaction with a customer and this is also known as "turned him".
YOUTH IN CARE:
An advocacy organization for youth who are in the care of government. Adults who were youth in the care of government manage this organization.
YOUTH PROSTITUTION:
A youth who enters the sexual exploitation trade.
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