Pimponomics 101: Do You Fit the Criteria to Become a Pimp’s Next Victim?

Posted: October 6, 2015 in Human Trafficking Is...
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Everyone is at risk for sexual exploitation by pimps.

They don’t just target women but also men and children.
There is no screening process, personality type, or preference that traffickers use when scoping for new victims.

What a pimp looks for is a way to manipulate the mind of a victim.

A pimp will use whatever he can to manipulate the victim and suggest he can fill the void in someone’s life.

If there is no void, a pimp will create one. The problem is the cost the victim pays to have that void “filled.”

The girl looking for love

Brianna was a 17-year-old who was manipulated by a middle-aged man, seduced by a young male college student, and tricked into stripping by her boyfriend.

“There is no stereotype of a girl in sex trafficking,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how rich or poor, if she’s white or black, fat or thin, a pimp can look at any girl and find a vulnerability that he can exploit. He might tell a girl that he will hurt her family if she runs. Or he might rape her and videotape it, and threaten to show it to her whole school.”

The girl with low self-esteem

“One recruitment tactic is to go to a mall and compliment girls [or boys]who walk by,” says Sgt. Holly Joshi, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department, who spent three years with Oakland’s vice and child exploitation unit.

“The ones who are dismissive—or just say ‘thank you’ and go on their way—are not the ones the pimps want,” she said. “The girls [or boys]who light up at the compliment or stop to chat are the ones the pimp will offer to buy a meal for or otherwise try to get to know.”

The girl with nowhere to go

“Runaway teens may be the most vulnerable of all: They may start out trading sex for food and a place to stay because they have no money, and that can quickly morph into forced prostitution. Many women in O.C.’s system started in ’the life‘ when they were just 11 or 12,” says Deputy D.A. Schoenleben and Susan Kang Schroeder, the Orange County district attorney’s chief of staff. “The people committing these crimes hone in on such women and girls through social media sites, the foster care system, at bus stations,[and] at malls,”

The abused and neglected

“[Quincy] Mack, [Pimpin’ Ken] Ivy, [pimpfeet.com] and the other pimp how-tos note that the women who endure this brutal exploitation were almost always neglected, abused, raped or molested as children, and that their resulting thirst for love and approval makes them easy targets, “says Teri Sforza, columnist for the OC Register.

We all have gaps in our lives. Love gaps. Support gaps. Family gaps. Gaps, that if recognized by the wrong person, can and will be exploited.

Don’t fall for the lines that pimps are selling. Fill that gap with good people. Join a support group, talk to a trusted friend, family member, or clergyman, or call one of the hotlines and speak to someone who cares.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800- 273-8255
Teen Line 1-800-TLC-TEEN


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