Most of the pimps interviewed are currently serving time for pimping or trafficking at least one minor.
The few who admitted to intentionally recruiting minors said they did it because younger women are easier to manipulate, work harder to earn money, and are more marketable.
The research yields the first scientifically rigorous estimates for the revenue generated in the underground commercial sex economies of Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, DC, in 20.
DC’s underground commercial sex economy experienced the biggest drop, dwindling from 5 million to 3 million, a roughly 34 percent decline.
This block on the west side of Manhattan, New York City, is home to a runaway youth center, making it an area likely to attract pimps on the prowl for new employees.
On a Tuesday afternoon in DC, a bus screeches to a halt inside the Union Station bus terminal, and off steps a 17-year-old black female.
Only 15 percent of pimps admitted to using violence against their employees at some point, but that number is likely low. And the first order of business is typically to collect all the money. I smoked weed so I didn’t have a problem with them smoking weed. I wouldn’t even take those girls—ask straight up, you have any habits?
For their part, nearly one-third of the pimps said they entered the underground commercial sex economy because they grew up around it. When they have a habit, I’d put some money in their bra, take a little to get high with [and then send them away].” “These girls, they don’t get no cut or anything, but they do get anything they want or need,” one pimp said.