Mutual support groups whose members are men, women and/or adolescents currently or formerly involved in prostitution, phone and online sex services, exotic dancing, pornography or other aspects of the sex industry. The groups meet in-person, by telephone or via the Internet; and allow participants to share experiences, build community and gain emotional support from others.
Programs that provide immediate assistance for people (adults and/or adolescents) who are involved in prostitution or other aspects of sex trade work which may include steps to ensure the person's safety, short-term emotional support, and referrals to resources for legal and emotional needs, advocacy, housing alternatives and other related services. Helpline staff are generally available via telephone, email, chat and/or text.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.