“You’ll start to dress her, think for her, own her. If you and your victim are sexually active, slow it down. After sex, take her shopping for one item. Hair and/or nails is fine. She’ll develop a feeling of accomplishment. The shopping after a month will be replaced with cash. The love making turns into raw sex. She’ll start to crave the intimacy and be willing to get back into your good graces. After you have broken her spirit, she has no sense of self value. Now pimp, put a price tag on the item you have manufactured.”
The language and rules of pimping recaptures the debilitating psychological and physical manipulation used by slave masters. Organized and sophisticated teaching methods are used to pass down the culture and “rules of the game,” which are rules created by traffickers/pimps in order to best work together in an illegal business venture and avoid arrest by law enforcement.
| Common Recruiting
Grounds for Pimps
|| Common Facilitators
BUS STOPS/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
| TAXI DRIVERS
ADULT ENTERTAINMENT OWNERS
The word “pimp” has become synonymous in popular culture with “improve” or “better.” In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Pimps have a significant number of psychopathic qualities. Experts have identified a long list of psychopathic criminals, including “serial killers, rapists, thieves, swindlers, con men, wife beaters, white-collar criminals, hype-prone stock promoters and boiler-room operators, child abusers, gang members, disbarred lawyers, drug barons, professional gamblers.” Pimps, however, are not on this list. A leading expert on psychopaths established a list of psychopathic behavioral indicators that can be captured through the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R).  These include:
| Glibness, superficial charm
| Failure to accept responsibility for actions
| Grandiose sense of self-worth
| Promiscuous sexual behavior
| Pathological lying
| Lack of realistic, long-term goals
| Callous, lack of empathy
| High need for stimulation
| Lack of remorse or guilt
Comparing the behaviors outlined in the PCL-R to the documented drives, tactics, and behaviors exhibited by pimps, it is reasonable to consider their potential categorization as psychopaths. Though pimps exhibit every characteristic on the PCL-R, very little research exists on pimps in general or their psychopathic tendencies. In fact, only one study could be located on the subject. The study analyzed 22 male prisoners incarcerated for pimping. The subjects were assessed through an interview process with the PCL-R. More than one-third of the 22 participants met the PCL-R characteristics resulting in the diagnosis of psychopath. This study concluded that significant concern should be given to victims under pimp control due to the high rate of psychopathic characteristics in pimps. These psychopathic qualities would make it difficult for a prostituted woman or child to break free from a pimp due to the psychological and emotional attachment and expectation of violent retaliation. Furthermore, the research projected that psychopathic pimps are likely to “minimize their offenses, especially with regard to the impact of their offenses on the prostitutes. They are also likely to deny the sexual nature of their offense and transfer responsibility to their prostitutes. Psychopathic pimps may verbalize the belief that they are providing a service to those involved, but the reality is that the prostitute is little more than property to them.” The recognition of pimps as psychopaths cannot be ignored.
1 At <http://www.amazon.com/Pimp-Game-Instructional-Guide/>. Accessed on April 20, 2008.
2 Hare, R. D. (1993). Without Conscience: The disturbing world of psychopaths among us (Pocket Books: New York), pg. 3.
3 Hare, R. D. (1993).
Without Conscience: The disturbing world of psychopaths among us
(Pocket Books: New York), pg. 34.
4 Snow, Melissa. “The Sociopath Construct of the American Pimp.” Working paper, March 2009.
5 Spidel, A., et al. “The Psychopath as Pimp,” The Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services, 2006. pgs.4, 205-211.
6 Spidel, A., et al.
“The Psychopath as Pimp,” The Canadian Journal of Police and Security
Services, 2006. pgs.4, 205-211.
Resource: NATIONAL DOMESTIC MINOR SEX TRAFFICKING REPORT