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If you are a reporter or other member of the news media and would like comment or background from Breaking Free or would like to interview a member of staff or a survivor of sex trafficking, contact the front desk at (651)645-6557.

Student requests: Each year, Breaking Free receives hundreds of student requests for assistance with school projects such as interviews with survivors or staff. Because of the high volume of requests we receive and our heavy workload, Breaking Free staff and survivors are not able to assist students with school projects so that we may concentrate on our work in ending sex trafficking. Please do not contact us with requests for class project assistance. 

Please note that survivors of sex trafficking who are interviewed by members of the media will be accompanied at all times by a Breaking Free staff member. In addition, extra measures may need to be taken to preserve the confidentiality and safety of the survivor, such as using a pseudonym or altering a survivor's voice.

For Reporters and Other Media Professionals: 
Understanding and Using Correct Sex Trafficking Terms and Vocabulary

It is critical that you, as a member of the media, use correct terms and vocabulary when talking about sex trafficking and exploitation. Using the wrong words when discussing this important issue can have unintended consequences: revictimizing survivors and misleading the public on the true nature of sex trafficking and exploitation. 

 Incorrect Correct
Call girl, escort
Hooker, streetwalker, whore, ho, etc.
Sex worker
Victim/survivor of sex trafficking
Victim/survivor of prostitution
Women/girl used in sex trafficking/prostitution
Prostituted/trafficked woman/girl

Note: The correct terminology used above indicates that the vast majority of women/girls involved in sex trafficking/prostitution are not there by their own free choice and are victims of traffickers and the men who purchase them.

Survivors of sex trafficking at Breaking Free believe that words like "prostitute" and "hooker" are labeling, insulting, revictimizing, and do not accurately reflect the abuse and oppression they survived.

Survivors also find that the term "sex worker" incorrectly indicates that a victim of sex trafficking is not engaged in a system of abuse and slavery and instead working in a job/profession like any other person.

Incorrect Correct 
Patron, customer
John, trick
Commercial sex abuser
Sexual predator


Note: Popular culture has normalized the word "pimp" and made it into a common and even positive word to use to call someone, whether or not they abuse and control women and girls. The word "trafficker" better describes the seriousness of the abuse and oppression such people inflict upon the women and girls they traffic and enslave.
Breaking Free was established in October 1996, by Vednita Carter, Founder, as a non-profit organization serving women involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking. In the fall of 2016 Terry Forliti was appointed by Vednita Carter and the Breaking Free Board of Directors as the new Executive Director.Phone: 651-645-6557
Address: P.O. Box 4366, St. Paul, MN 55104