Pimping As A Business

Pimping is a business because it entails an employee [prostitute] working for an employer [pimp].  Estimates on how much of prostitution is pimp-controlled vary: of the 55 percent of street girls who are prostitutes, 75 percent of these work for a pimp.  Another study cites 80 percent to 95 of all prostitution is under pimp control. It is difficult to determine what percentages of street prostitutes have pimps due to their reluctance to discuss their pimps with anyone.

There are fewer transactions under a pimping model but the prices charged for sexual favors are substantially higher and the clientele is different than the typical customer.  Prostitutes appear to earn more money when working for a pimp because pimps may choose to pay efficiency wages under this model.  “Clients pay $16 more per trick for women working with pimps than for those without pimps”, one expert states.  A two year study found that prostitutes were required to pay approximately 25 percent of earned revenue to pimps for all tricks performed under this particular model.  Such a payment had to be paid, regardless of whether or not the pimp actually arranged the clientele.

Part of a pimp’s business includes ‘testing’ his prostitute[s] before hiring them on.  Pimps will often times pay a prostitute to have sexual intercourse with him to make sure “they would make adequate prostitutes….since that was the point of [his] business”.  Such a practice emulates the interview process of a legitimate business.  A pimp is careful about grooming his prostitute[s] because his success or failure is a reflection of the latter.  A prostituted individual must work hard to earn the pimp’s respect and love while assisting him in achieving the best in material possessions, thereby imitating a probationary interval at a legally recognized corporation.

The sex industry organization varies as pimping has been transformed into a gentleman’s game.  Often times pimping is a family business which is passe ddown from father or uncle to son.  On study reveals that 72 percent of a sample group stated they were recruited into pimping, meaning that someone had suggested that they undertake the role of pimp.  One individual stated, “I was raised in the game.  It was a way of life in my household and neighborhood.  It was almost hereditary”.  This individual began pimping at the age of 17 in his ‘family business’.  This young man had been groomed to imitate his father who was a hash man.  A caveat exists, however, as a former nationally-acclaimed pimp asserts that pimps do not want to teach other pimps anything because doing so would threaten the former’s pimping career.  Other routes to pimping include: one thing led to another; pimping was a safe survival strategy; the individual was coerced into pimping; and pimping met needs missing in an individual’s life, such as power, control and respect.

Author’s Note: (c) Anna Rutherford Engel.  Please site if quoting any of my writing.  If you would like to know which studies or individuals I am citing in my work, please contact me and I will send you those sources.  Additionally, contact myself if you would like my research as a whole.


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