It should come as no surprise that an industry already associated with slang and vernacular language actually has its own official language — you've probably even used some of the terms yourself, even if not in the context of sex work. Because the internet has become a popular place for sex workers to find clients, in order to get around the legal gray areas of their career, both the workers and their customers have created secret code words used to communicate in plain sight.
It is quite normal for specific groups of people to develop their own communication methods and language to keep their activities a secret from individuals outside of their trusted circle. Hobos created symbols to let others know which houses were friendly and which to avoid. Drug dealers have their own hashtags on social media and clues in neighborhoods to let other people know what they have to offer. Even police officers, whose ability to effectively communicate without tipping off suspects or bystanders is important, have codes used on the job.
Some of the terms used in the sex industry have fallen out of favor, as sex lingo evolves out of necessity and a respect for the profession. There are other terms that shouldn't be used in the mainstream. As with any industry, these codes are vital to the safety and success of sex workers' trade, and aren't meant to be trivialized or used against them.
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