Desperate to escape her former life, her hopes for a better future propel her to the nation’s capital.
But where she dreams of starting anew, others wait inside the bus station for the chance to exploit her femininity, economic desperation, family problems, low self-esteem, or history of sexual victimization.
They try to take their money or say they will pay you later.
It’s always something.” About one in five pimps said they impose restrictions on their employees about what clients they can solicit, often banning black men and younger men.
But a groundbreaking study released by the Urban Institute sheds new light on how much money is generated by the underground commercial sex economy in American cities.
Nevertheless, pimps also said they employ women from all ethnic backgrounds.
Prostitution is said to be the world’s oldest profession, but understanding the size and scope of this economy, and the methods and actors involved in this trade, is still a murky endeavor.
Outside the sex sold legally in Nevada, prostitution in the United States transpires in the shadows of an underground economy.
Pimps typically use a variety of psychological methods of manipulation to persuade recruits to conduct sex work, such as flashing money around, seducing them, entering into romantic relationships, convincing them that they may as well make money if they’re already having sex, or having other female employees sell the idea. Seeing glitz and glamour, I always wanted that.” The business models pimps use don’t conform to those we see in the legitimate commercial world.
Others said recruitment simply comes down to having the reputation as a pimp who can provide security and is not physically abusive. The biggest challenge, most said, is controlling employee behaviors and actions.
Most of the pimps interviewed are currently serving time for pimping or trafficking at least one minor.