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One aspect of this problem which seems to be receiving short shrift is the question of why pimps are doing this. It's easy to call them "monsters", "creeps", "feeders" and lots of other words, but why do they do it?
My question is how many of them have served time in prison already and are trying to make a living on the outside. Do they come out of prison with a criminal record, little or no job history, racial discrimination in the job market, etc.? If so, two options are drug dealing and pimping.
In order to really make inroads into this problem, I think attention needs to be paid to both the women who are being abused and also the abusers themselves. Not being able to find a job is not an excuse to become a pimp, but it makes sense why this happens. Prisoners are essentially slaves and people released from prison are in a position similar to indentured servants. They still "owe" the system money and are "on parole", but they get little help in making it in something legitimate.
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