“Words Shape Perceptions” New Haven Register

In a world in which sex attracts attention, it’s not rare to see prostitution arrests, mugshots or brothel raids posted on the Web or televised.

Images, names and phrases such as “child prostitute” and “romantic relationship” flash before us and, more often than not, that’s where the coverage ends.

But researchers in various fields suggest the words used around prostitution and sex trafficking often have lingering effects, are damaging to the survivors or are just plain inaccurate.