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.
And in all but two of the cities, the size of the underground commercial sex economy shrunk during the five-year span.
In contrast to these drops, both Seattle and Atlanta’s sex economies grew.
In fact, Seattle saw robust growth, as the market expanded from $50.3 million to $112 million, growing about 123 percent.
Others prefer that their employees not smoke marijuana or drink, but still tolerate it. Young dudes usually want to do drugs with them or rob them.
Black dudes might try to fight them or might be pimps.
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.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.Knowing the size of the economy is the critical first step for enabling law enforcement, the judicial system, and policymakers to make informed choices about how to fight the harm that happens within these black markets.If it ain’t snowing, I ain’t going.’” Another pimp explained: “Some dudes exclusively chase white girls. Go to the suburbs, malls, that kind of thing.” Those interviewed said they prefer to employ white women because they believe they’re who clients typically want, they’re easier to manage, and they’re better able to blend into and work in a variety of environments.Nevertheless, pimps also said they employ women from all ethnic backgrounds.According to several of the 73 convicted pimps interviewed in 20 for the study, scouting at transportation hubs is one of their many recruitment practices.