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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    Trafficked Teen Girls Describe Life In "The Game"

    This hits me on a very personal level. As most of you know, my daughter was trafficked almost three years ago. Many details of this article mirror what happened to our sweet and very special needs girl. I have no idea if she's still alive. I frequently state many of these facts, figures, and stories in my posts but this article says it all, quite succinctly through the voices of the actual victims. Please send these links (there's two parts) to family members and friends. Our children are at risk as each is vulnerable in their own way.


    Trafficked Teen Girls Describe Life In 'The Game'

    "Last month, the FBI announced the results of Operation Cross Country V, a 40-city investigation that led to the rescue of 69 children who were being victimized through prostitution. More than 800 people, including 99 pimps, were arrested.

    According to the FBI, more than 100,000 children are sold for sex in the U.S. each year. In a two-part series, Youth Radio takes a look at the problem of child prostitution in the U.S. Today, two young women who recently escaped what's called "the game" share their stories.


    "I'd wake up at 5; I'd be outside by 5:30," says Brittney [not the young woman's real name], 19. "I would just wait and see what happened, whether it'd be in the streets or whether I'd be on the Internet...."


    "....Brittney was the victim of a so-called guerrilla pimp a person, usually a man, who uses force and fear to traffic women, many of whom are underage. Oakland police estimate that a third of teenage girls working in prostitution were abducted and forced onto the streets the way Brittney was.

    She says that after she was kidnapped, at least six men gang-raped her. She was then driven to Sacramento, where her 32-year-old pimp put her out on the street as a prostitute. He took her phone, told her not to talk to anyone but "johns," and had his sister watch her so she wouldn't run....."


    "....Darlene [not the young woman's real name] became a prostitute at the hands of what Oakland police call a "Romeo pimp." Now 18, she moved in with her boyfriend when she was 14, after she was kicked out of the house.

    "On my 15th birthday, he was like, 'Well, you know, since you'll be staying with me, we need more food. We need to find a way to get some money'," says Darlene. "He's the one that, like, introduced me to prostitution, and I didn't see anything wrong with it."

    Darlene says she later found out her then-18-year-old boyfriend had pimped other girls before. When he became her pimp, Darlene says, he told her what to do to make money. " 'This is how you look at the guys; this is what you tell them; these are what cars to stay away from; this is how much you charge.'...... "

    In depth article at link

    And Part 2:


    Arresting Youth In Sex Trafficking Raises Debate

    Much more at link, including comments

  2. #2
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    So sorry for what you are going through which I can't even imagine. I will pray for you and your beautiful daughter.

    Thank you for posting this. I continue to be shocked anew each day at the depravity of some "members" of the human race.
    My posts are and believe it or not I've put some thought into 'em.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2009
    Somewhere out there ....
    I want to thank you Missizzy for always keeping us aware of this ongoing problem we face in society. God bless these girls who are finding the strength to get out and get help I can't even fathom the roads they will travel to get there, or the ones they have been on.

    Everytime I read of another young girl, woman , or boy who go missing and who are not found I am always brought back to this issue and wonder if this is where they have ended up and sadly it is apparent many of them are.

    When reading the article you posted I came across this statement from this man :
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    Just down the street, a teenage girl in a short red dress is crying on a bench. She has blood coming from her mouth. A business owner who runs a clothing store says he saw the whole thing: The man who punched the girl appeared to be her pimp, and stole her purse.

    The witness would not identify himself by name, for fear of retribution from sex traffickers. That's the same reason he gave for not calling the police.

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    That to me is disturbing, fear of retribution. Not only do they have the girls under control but they have regular average joes under their control as well. As long as there is this train of thought, people not wanting to get involved out of fear, we will never win.

    People need to take an active approach in order for us to get anywhere. Just think this is only one man ? Think of how many more feel the same way. If these people would take a stand, or that chance not only could it maybe save a child from years of prostitution they could begin to gain control back in their neighborhoods.

    Any how I am rambling on , but that statement to me is so disheartening (sigh) and I will pray that someday people will get sick of this and start taking that stand, I know I would and will...........
    Last edited by mysticrose; 12-18-2010 at 11:32 PM.
    What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
    Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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    Jul 2009
    Thank you, nosysw, we need all the prayers we can get. I really want to get the word out that this crime is not limited to girls who are disabled, in foster care, in dysfunctional homes, or who have drug addictions. There have been many instances where bright, beloved, comfortably situated girls have been either literally kidnapped or spirited away.

    I was very pleased to see that these articles describe different types of pimps and procurers. There is not a single teen who doesn't have a vulnerable moment. All get angry at their parents, choose to embark on risky behaviors, or simple let their guard down and trust the wrong person. One poor choice is all it takes. The predators are in every town watching and waiting.

    I live in Ashland, OR. This is a bucolic little town (20,000) which is extremely child focused. We have little crime and most everyone knows one another. And yet our daughter was spirited away. Right under our noses. Right under the school's and her many caseworkers' noses. We were flabbergasted. We honestly did not know about "the game." The tragedy is that most parents don't, until it's too late.

    My prayers are with those young women and men (as teen boys are victimized too!!) tonight who have no choice as for whom they open the door. Bless them and keep them safe until we can rescue them.

  5. #5
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    Jul 2009
    You bring up an excellent point, Mysticrose. For all those who read the incredibly powerful articles about the sexual abuse of Kathie and Kellie H., remember how the girls denied the abuse, over and over--even with the promise of rescue standing right in front of them? They are groomed to believe that there WILL be h*ll to pay if they tell. There are so few services available for teens and young women leaving the "game" and these girls have it drilled into their heads that their families do NOT want them back. One of the first things that happens is that their connections to their families and friends are severed. The pimp becomes all-powerful. It's really no different than the mind control used in any sort of sexual grooming. The girls know/believe that within a few short days, or even hours, they are going to need that pimp for protection as no one else really wants them.

    We reported our daughter missing immediately and about a week later, she showed up at a local grocery store. When questioned by the police, she assured them that she was fine and that she'd merely been staying locally with a friend. Two days later she was gone again. Imagine our surprise to have the police present us with her phone records. She hadn't been with a local friend. She'd been up and down I-5 from Vancouver, WA to Sacramento, CA--numerous times. Many many calls were made or received at 2 am-4 am. She'd made and received calls while at casinos and near "motel rows" in every town and city in between. Our girl.....with the mind of an 8 year old and the body of a grown woman.

    The FBI special agents who worked with us assured us that they see this every single day. And for every girl missing, we must remember the reason why--a "john" willing to pay for sex--who cares not a whit about the girl's real story. He just want his money's worth...sex.

    An excellent wake-up call, IMO:

    http://www.vfjnw.org/sexindustrymatrix/pimpsrules.html (Pimp's rules)

    http://www.vfjnw.org/sexindustrymatrix/johnsrules.html (John's rules)

    http://www.vfjnw.org/sexindustrymatr...tionworks.html (how prostitution works)

    These sites surely opened my eyes.

  6. #6
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    Jul 2009
    I just noticed that the "rules" I linked to are copyright free and full permission to reprint is given. I will post them here.

    Pimps' Rules

    By Joseph Parker, Clinical Director
    The Lola Greene Baldwin Foundation

    Always get the money up front. Depending on how much control I have over you, I might collect my money from you every few hours, or wait until the end of your working day. You may never even see the money that a john has paid to sexually use you.

    Always make your quota. I will demand as much as $500.00 a day from you, and if you do not bring me that much I deny you food, water, a bath, clean clothes, and/or prevent you from even sitting down or sleeping. If you are drug addicted I might withhold drugs from you. I will yell obscenities at you threaten you and your loved ones, hit you all over with my fists, a pimp stick, or with anything else I want to use. I might even rape you, and I will certainly make you go back out on the street to make your quota, no matter what the weather is like, or what kind of condition you are in. If I find out you are "holding out" any amount of money from me, I will take it as a weakening of my control over you, or a plan for escaping me and I will hurt you or the people you love even more.

    Always use a condom. I am concerned about my own risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease if I have sex with you. The risk to you or to the johns is of no concern to me.

    Always buy your dope from me. Having you addicted and dependent on me for your drugs only increases my control over you. I get high, too, and I like volume prices for my own use.

    Do not make eye contact with men other than potential johns. Making eye contact with a pimp is understood by all pimps to be "choosing" that pimp as your new owner. I do not want to give another pimp the chance to take over my property.

    Everything you own or earn is mine. If you succeed in leaving prostitution you will leave destitute, and I will make your exit from "the life" as violent and humiliating as possible, even leaving you naked out on a street.

    Copyright 2003, Joe Parker

    Permission is hereby granted to reproduce this paper in its entirety, in any form or quantity needed, for any purpose except for sale, on condition that this copyright information is included

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    Jul 2009
    Johns' Rules

    By Joseph Parker, Clinical Director
    The Lola Greene Baldwin Foundation

    When I buy you, for that time I own you. You must do, or let me do, anything I want. In spite of whatever limits I agreed to up front, once you are under my control, I will do whatever I want. I take no responsibility for the consequences of my behavior.

    It is the pimp's job to beat you down far enough to make you do what I want. However, if I want to, I will assault you any way I wish. Short of murder, I know I will almost certainly get away with anything I do to you.

    You are being used as a prop in my internal fantasy life. If I want to play "super stud and sex slave," you are to play out whatever role I give you. I do not want to know who you really are. If you do not help me be whatever I want in my fantasies or worse yet, laugh at me, I am likely to hurt you.

    You must always act happy and never show any signs of your disgust for me. I will ignore needle tracks, damaged teeth, bruises, or other signs of injury unless they fit in with my fantasies.

    All I ever want to hear from you is:

    "I am doing this because I want to. I enjoy it."

    "I do not have a pimp."

    "I do not use drugs. I am not addicted to anything."

    "You are the best f*** I have ever had in my life."

    Copyright 2003, Joe Parker

    Permission is hereby granted to reproduce this paper in its entirety, in any form or quantity needed, for any purpose except for sale, on condition that this copyright information is included

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    Jul 2009
    How Prostitution Works

    By Joseph Parker, Clinical Director
    The Lola Greene Baldwin Foundation


    Prostitution, pornography, and other forms of commercial sex are a multibillion dollar industry. They enrich a small minority of predators, while the larger community is left to pay for the damage.

    People used in the sex industry often need medical care as a result of the ever-present violence. They may need treatment for infectious diseases, including AIDS. Survivors frequently need mental health care for post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic episodes and suicide attempts. About a third end up chronically disabled and on Social Security.

    The sex trade plays an active role in promoting alcohol and drug problems. Pimps also use prostituted women in forgery and credit card fraud. The community must pay for chemical dependency treatment, insurance costs and incarceration.

    In addition to these costs, the community loses the contributions which might have been made to legitimate community productivity by those used up in the sex industry.

    The operators of sex businesses not only do not pay for these expenses, many manage to avoid paying taxes at all.


    No business can afford to create a product for which there are no buyers. The first step in understanding the sex industry is to understand the customers, the johns.

    Real sexual relationships are not hard to find. There are plenty of adults of both sexes who are willing to have sex if someone treats them well, and asks. But there lies the problem. Some people do not want an equal, sharing relationship. They do not want to be nice. They do not want to ask. They like the power involved in buying a human being who can be made to do almost anything.

    The business of prostitution and pornography is the use of real human beings to support the fantasies of others. Anyone working in prostitution who tells a john too much about who they really are, interferes with the fantasy. They risk losing a customer, and may get a beating as well. In real relationships with real people, you are stuck with the limitations of who you are, who your partner is, and what you can do together without hurting each other.

    Some people do not want real relationships, or feel entitled to something beyond the real relationships they have. They want to play "super stud and sex slave" or whatever, inside their own heads. If they need to support their fantasies with pictures, videotapes, or real people to abuse, the sex trade is ready to supply them. For a price, they can be "a legend in their own minds."

    The most common type of prostitution customer is the user. He is quite self-centered, and simply wants what he considers to be his needs met.

    The user would deny any intent to harm anyone, and might even claim some empathy for the sex workers he uses. However, his empathy does not extend to discontinuing his using behavior, nor to helping anyone escape from the sex industry. He does not care whether the person he is using is unwilling or unusually vulnerable. He simply feels entitled to whatever he wants, whenever he wants it. If someone is hurt, that is not his problem. He feels that the fee he pays covers any damages.

    He sees himself as a respectable person, and works to protect that appearance. Users provide a large, safe, and steady income for the pimps and other "businessmen," of the sex industry.

    Sadists are people who have the ability to take pleasure in another person's fear, pain, or humiliation. They constitute about ten percent of the population. Sadists vary in severity, ranging from those who just make you feel bad, on up to those who do torture murders. There is a definite practice effect. If allowed to hurt people often, their sadism gets worse.

    Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse by sadists drives their child victims from their homes into the street, trying to escape. The pimps and "chickenhawks" take it from there.

    Sadists are attracted to prostituted women and children because they are willing to get into a car or come to a place where the sadist can be in control. Sadism is about control. Hurting people who cannot stop them is their most intense and pleasurable form of control.

    Sadists play close attention to matters of power. They are most brutal with small women and children, and are more careful with larger women and men. They avoid people who may have someone to protect them, or someone who may take revenge on the victim's behalf.

    There are pimps who specialize in supplying victims to sadists, and who base their fees on the amount of damage done to the victim.

    Sadists are found at all levels of society, including the respected and powerful. They often use this, saying, "You are just a whore, nobody is going to believe you." If they do kill someone, they are very aware that, to some extent, the effort society puts into finding the killer will reflect the value placed on the victim. People working in prostitution are safe victims.

    Necrophiles are people who can take pleasure in filth, degradation, and destruction. They are the users of the sick, the old, the psychotic, the brain damaged, the "tracked" and tattooed casualties of the sex industry, in the end stages of their lives. For necrophiles, broken bodies and broken minds are a turn on. They glory in their superiority over ruined human beings, and feel entitled to express their contempt in every way.

    Necrophiles must keep their perversion secret from their friends and families, both to protect their social standing, and to protect their fantasies of superiority. Normal people just would not understand.

    Child molesters participate in the sex industry in several ways. Some have been aware of a sexual attraction to children, often of a particular age and sex, from some time in late childhood. They then make the choice to act on it.

    Some have sadistic characteristics. Children are easier than adults to control. The molester's own children, in his own home, are the easiest of all to control.

    Necrophilic child molesters enjoy the knowledge that, when the molesters are finished with them, the children's lives will never be the same. They enjoy the fact that the children may later self-destruct in addiction, prostitution or suicide. It proves that they were right.

    Sex offenders against children operate with varying degrees of sophistication. Some do careful "grooming." They use pornography to break down resistance, and supply drugs, alcohol, and money. Others just start out with forcible rape. Many claim unusual "love" for children. They claim that sex between adults and children is not harmful, and should be legalized. Pedophiles actually teach children that they are helpless, hopeless, worthless, and only good for sex and hurting.

    A large portion of workers in the sex trade started out as sexually abused children. Some were even "broken in" by being shared with or rented out to others by their own families.

    There are specialist pimps who provide children to johns. The fees vary depending on the age, sex and appearance of the child, as well as the amount of damage the child has already incurred.

    When caught, the pimps and johns claim not to have known the child's real age. There is a market for small adults made up to look like children, both for direct sex and for pornography. But the truth is in the fees: real children sell for more than fake ones.

    Prostitution buffs are like police and fire buffs, that is, people with an intense interest in those occupations even though they do not belong to them.

    Prostitution buffs are people with a morbid fascination for or obsession with prostituted persons and their activities. Some characterize themselves as "researchers", and amass hundreds of pages of notes and photographs, that somehow are seldom published.

    Others claim to be intent on religious redemption of "sinners", and spend huge amounts of time in vice areas, but never quite manage to offer anyone practical help.

    A third group consists of "community livability" activists, who blame the people being prostituted for the behavior of the johns, pimps, and drug dealers.

    As with any obsession, with some people it may get out of control. Police buffs may take unlawful police action, and some fire buffs eventually set fires.

    Each type of prostitution buff strongly believes his or her rationalizations for their activities, and would vehemently deny any personal sexual interest. The trouble is, it is obviously there. They show a lot of subtle signs, which, to someone working in prostitution, indicate that they may be potential customers.

    When a prostituted person approaches the buff to offer their services, the response may be unpredictable and dangerous. Sometimes the buffs will accept their services, and the worker may never realize that they are anything but a normal trick. At other times, they will be met with rage, as if they are making a hetero- or homosexual attack on the buff. They may be beaten, knifed, or thrown out of a moving vehicle.

    Most of the "research" and "religious" buffs are men, and spend enough time studying their subject that their identifications of who is and is not prostituting are fairly accurate.

    Many of the "community livability" activists are women. Some may pepper spray or draw weapons on young people who are in no way involved, but who fit whatever stereotype the activist has for what a prostitute should look like.


    Three forces generate streams of customers for prostitution: Isolation, sexual abandonment, and unusual interests. Prostituted people are used to service populations which are physically isolated from the life of their communities. These customers come from military bases, logging or mining camps, and from farm labor camps. Operators of these facilities are often involved in arranging for services through local pimps.

    Other customers are isolated by travel, such as seamen, truckers, and traveling businessmen. Hotels and motels, bars and other businesses providing support services for travelers also participate in arrangements for sexual services.

    In some religious cultures, and some individual family cultures, sex is regarded as an unpleasant duty of marriage, and once the childbearing years are over, one partner may cut the other off from sexual activity. The sex industry does not reach out to middle-aged women, so their only choice is to have affairs. This may be morally unacceptable to them, or eligible partners may not be available. For them, there may be no solution.

    For men, prostitution is quite available, and many men may see it as less wrong than having affairs, or as requiring less effort. These men provide a large and steady income for the sex industry.

    Most of these johns would be classified as "users", and an unclear proportion of them might not be prostitution customers if they were not isolated.

    Customers who remain in or near their home communities are more likely to use prostituted people due to unusual interests, such as sadism, pedophilia, or sexual addiction. They are isolated by the nature of their desires, rather than their location. For example, men who prefer sex with boys, but who do not view themselves as homosexual, support a whole segment of the industry involving prostituted males. It is unclear whether local law enforcement efforts, or the openness and aggressiveness with which with the sex industry is allowed to operate in a community, affects the stream of "special interest" customers.

    A large portion of prostituted people are also used in and around the communities where they grew up. The fact that survivors often meet previous tricks in local grocery stores and other random places can be a considerable problem for their recovery.

    For those whose special interests place them at serious legal risk in their own community, there is sex tourism. Some cities in the US are well known to run more 'wide open' than others, that is, there are fewer and weaker laws on the books, and police and other officials are discouraged from enforcing them. These conditions are often the result of cooperation between business and elected officials, who are repaid by the sex industry in various ways.


    No one really wants to have sex with five, ten, or twenty strangers a day, every day. Besides the sheer numbers involved, some of those strangers are going to use a person in ways that are bizarre, painful, disgusting, and occasionally fatal.

    When people who have worked in prostitution call it repeated rape, they are not exaggerating or being "hysterical." They are being legally precise. Rape is sexual intercourse, against the will of the victim, carried out by threat or force.

    In prostitution, the john performs the sex act with the unwilling victim, but subcontracts the intimidation and violence to another man, the pimp.

    The john would like to believe he is paying for sex, but the person he has sex with gets little or none of the money. The money goes to the pimp to pay for the force needed to keep prostituted women and children working. It goes to the drug dealer who provides whatever it takes to keep the workers from becoming psychotic or committing suicide. It goes to pay the businessmen who provide the real estate, support services, and legal protection for the trade.

    Pimps come in three general types. Media pimping, like other kinds, involves selling fantasies that ultimately hurt people. Two of their central lies are that women are only good for sex, and men are only good for violence.

    They claim that they produce sex and violence because that is all that sells. In fact, many other things sell as well or better. (For example, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg productions often are very successful.) Media pimps often have a tremendous sense of superiority over "common" people, yet lack the intelligence and creativity to do high quality work. They very much enjoy selling a degraded view of the human race.

    Advertisers often implicitly promise that buying their products will bring happiness, power, and sexual success. After spending their money, the victims of this "bait and switch" scam find that they get only a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of shampoo, or a magazine full of dirty pictures. They are just as lonely and unhappy as before, but their money is gone.

    Media pimps perform another "bait and switch" function, in cooperation with business level pimps. They attract young people hoping for fame and fortune in the legitimate entertainment business, and manipulate them into the lower levels of the sex industry.

    They degrade ordinary people living ordinary lives, by showing only idealized characters with perfect bodies, high powered jobs, and plenty of money. The characters' problems are always solved in an hour or two, with a liberal application of sex and violence.

    Real people, whose lives cannot hope to measure up to these "ideals", are made to feel inferior and worthless. The media pimps work to divert people from the ups and downs of real life, into dependence on the fantasy worlds that they sell. The sex industry, above all, sells fantasy regardless of who gets hurt.

    The media pimps have a lot of money. They own magazines and newspapers, and produce movies and television programs. They can afford to hire law firms and advertising agencies to further their interests. Their money can buy access to political officials, and special treatment for their businesses. In return they offer favorable media exposure, and large campaign contributions.

    Their money often goes to support various front organizations, which work to direct public discussion toward "free speech rights," and away from the damaging effects of the sex industry on the women and children used in it.

    Business level pimps extract profits from the sex industry in ways that minimize the risk of public exposure or criminal prosecution.

    They own the bars and strip clubs, which attract concentrations of potential johns. They offer jobs as dancers and hostesses to vulnerable young people who are potential candidates for more direct use in the sex trade. They own the adult bookstores, massage parlors, motels, and legal brothels.

    They posture as legitimate businessmen, conceal their ownership behind corporations and front men, and deny knowing that their property is being used in the sex industry. They charge sex businesses far higher rents and fees than they could get from legitimate tenants, which indicate they know what the businesses are doing.

    Through contacts in the business community, they arrange for sexual services for visiting businessmen, politicians, celebrities, and sports teams. By keeping these arrangements secret, business pimps insure a degree of protection for their other activities from their customers in high places.

    Business level pimps separate themselves from the "dirty workers" of the sex trade by treating them as independent contractors rather than employees. This enables them to avoid having to pay taxes, overtime pay, health insurance, and workmen's comp. If one of the workers is arrested, the businessman is protected from any legal involvement. They subcontract any violence needed to the street level pimps.

    With support from elements of the "legitimate" entertainment industry, as well as street level pimps, they produce and distribute commercial pornography.

    They support and have the support of "civil liberties" advocates, who oppose censorship regardless of the harm done to the people used in making the pornography. They disclaim any responsibility for the actions of potentially violent sex offenders who use pornography to "fuel" their fantasies until they are ready to commit actual violence.

    Business pimps often join civic organizations, make highly public contributions to charity, and play a role in local politics. They continually assert their identity as legitimate businessmen. When threatened, they call on the support of the real, legitimate, non-sex business community, often successfully.

    Unlike street level pimps, the businessmen usually manage to hold onto their profits. They have investment skills, can afford lawyers, seldom are addicted, and rarely take the risks involved in garden variety crime. Often the greatest danger they face is from the Internal Revenue Service, not from the police.

    Street level pimps are the foot soldiers of the sex industry. Typically, they are small time criminals, who have a high need for sadistic gratification.

    The johns and business level pimps subcontract to these men the brainwashing, terror, beatings, and the occasional murder needed to keep prostituted women and children working.

    Pimps are part of the business even where prostitution is legal. Brothels do not run employment ads. The brothel owners require that any new "employee" be "referred" by someone ready to supply whatever force is necessary to control the woman.

    Street pimps learn the business from friends and relatives already in the business, from other criminals in jails and prisons, and from other pimps they meet hanging out in the bars and clubs. Occasionally, someone especially talented in greed and cruelty learns the trade solely by practicing on available victims.

    Pimps tend to avoid identifying themselves as such, except to other pimps. They like to present themselves as husbands, boyfriends, or protectors. When caught in acts of violence, they try to prevent outside interference by claiming that it is "only a domestic matter." In fact, the pimps themselves are the greatest danger to those they exploit. The johns and the police are lesser hazards.

    Street pimps pride themselves on their finesse, on controlling their victims by psychological manipulation. They claim that prostituted women and children give their money to the pimps because they "love" them. (In criminal language, "She loves me" means "I can control her.") Street pimps try to play down their use of threats and violence, despite the fact that it is their biggest contribution to the sex industry.

    Throughout human history there has been the kind of greed that takes the form of wanting to own other human beings. Slavery died out in most areas because it was unprofitable compared to more modern methods of production. The one trade where the would-be slaver can still find success is in the sex industry. For many pimps, the gratification of owning slaves is as important as the drugs and the money.

    Contrary to the images in the media, most pimps exploit members of their own race. Many are nearly the same age as their victims.

    Most pimps are male. Women are becoming more and more involved as active operators in the sex industry. Some are involved in helping a male pimp to control his "stable," or act as madams in brothels owned by someone else. Some run "escort" or out-call services themselves, but maintain relationships through which they can call on male enforcers when needed.

    Occasionally women are involved in supplying their own children to pedophiles, pornographers, or others in the sex industry. The mother's own addiction is the usual cause. Plain greed for money, and the mother's own sexual perversities are less common motivations.

    Street level pimps usually spend their money on clothes, jewelry, cars, and especially on their own addictions. They often are involved in other types of crime, especially drug dealing, and may go to prison for those. Successful prosecution for pimping itself is quite unusual.

    It is rare for a street pimp to hold onto his money and make the transition to a business level operator, but there always are a few at the business level who got their start as street pimps.


    The sex industry ultimately is about power. This is best demonstrated by the care with which the industry takes to ensure that those it uses are powerless. The predators are neither irrational nor stupid. They watch carefully for a kind of "victim profile," and avoid anyone who may be uncontrollable or dangerous.

    They focus on young people coming out of families that are abusive, disorganized, or non-existent. One fundamental function of the family is protection of its members, especially its children. The family also is a team, and all players must do their jobs. If a member is lost or disabled, others in the extended family or community must step in to carry on. When one or more adults in a family are absent, addicted, mentally ill, or severely demoralized, the children are in danger.

    When the family is poor, or part of a devalued minority group, and opportunities for education and good jobs are limited, some members of those families may be willing to take risks. If the young people are being terrorized, beaten, or sexually abused by the very people who should be protecting them, many are going to take their chances on the street. For some, nude dancing or even prostitution may look better than no job at all.

    If they are under age, have no address, or cannot afford to have their parents involved, most social service agencies will not help them. Children are still treated as some adults' property.

    The juvenile system has little interest in noncriminal runaways or "throwaways." There are age requirements for normal jobs, usually between 14 and 18 years of age. The very young are practically forced into the sex industry, even before the pimps and johns get involved. They may have to do prostitution from age 12 or 14, until they turn 18, and can get a "better job" such as nude dancing.

    There are three general patterns for "breaking" someone into prostitution.

    In slave taking, a young male predator "befriends" a victim long enough to be sure she is not dangerous herself, nor protected by anyone who is. He manipulates her into a situation where she can be kidnapped and held in isolation in a place the slaver and his friends control. Over a prolonged period, she is terrorized, tortured, and gang raped. She is threatened with her own death, and that of anyone she loves.

    Once she is convinced that her only chance of survival is to do exactly as she is told, she is "turned out." Her first "trick" may in fact be a member of the prostitution organization, set up to make sure she performs as directed. After she has been properly "seasoned," she is put to work for her captors, or sold to another pimp.

    The domestic violence transition targets young people coming out of abusive homes who are emotionally needy, and have no real idea of what a normal love relationship looks like. They become involved with a "boyfriend" who initially treats them better than they have ever experienced before. The boyfriend gradually becomes extremely controlling, and eventually violent. He introduces commercial sex in terms of his pressing need for money, and "If you love me, you will do this." He quickly transitions from "just this once" into "You are just a whore, my whore!" and requiring daily prostitution. He continues controlling the victim with alternating emotional manipulation and explosive violence, while living on her earnings, for as long as she lasts.

    The "grooming" process is used by older and more sophisticated predators, and is especially used on younger children. These perpetrators become adept at identifying abused, neglected, and depressed children, and "befriending" them. They develop a "special" relationship, one that isolates the child from others, and makes the child feel indebted to the groomer.

    Slowly, resistance is broken down, using gifts, money, alcohol, drugs, and pornography. In the sex industry, pornography is not only a profitable product, it also is a working tool.

    They engage the child in progressively more direct sex, and begin to merge the abuse into the child's identity: "You want this", "You like this", "You make it happen", "Now you are dirty, perverted, queer". These predators often are only interested in children of a specific age or appearance. When they develop beyond that, the kids may be passed off to pedophiles interested in older children. Being suddenly "dumped" for no understandable reason often is very painful for the child.

    Over a lifetime these predators may victimize an incredibly large number of children. The emotional damage they do leaves a child even more isolated and vulnerable to further involvement in the sex industry.


    The experience of prostitution is remarkably similar for males and females, but there are some differences.

    Most young men used in prostitution are heterosexual. They are drawn into the sex industry by many of the same forces as women. Many johns consider themselves straight, and claim that only the prostituted young male is gay. Those used in male-on-male prostitution often are left with tremendous confusion about their actual sexual orientation. When trying to escape "the life", they may encounter all the prejudices encountered by gays, in addition to the stigma of prostitution. They are at higher risk of HIV than prostituted women.

    Rape and sexual slavery are common in jails and prisons. There is considerable public support for it as a normal part of the punishment. Some of those who run institutions do their best to maintain a safe and controlled environment. They may be hampered by outdated, hard to supervise buildings and lack of staff. Others may care very little about what inmates do to each other.

    Inmates who go to staff for protection often end up in protective custody. Thismis practically the same as disciplinary isolation. The response of convicts toward "snitches" ranges from abusive to deadly.

    Almost all of these traumatized men eventually are released. Many dissolve into alcohol and drug dependence, or are disabled by psychological symptoms. Others wander the streets, intoxicated, armed, and ready to react explosively to any threat of harm or humiliation.

    Women used in prostitution usually have children sooner or later. Mothers who cannot protect themselves rarely can protect their children. In the endless whirl of sex, drugs and violence, the children may be neglected, traumatized, or even become merchandise in the sex industry themselves. One of the most painful events in the life of prostitution is losing custody of children, regardless of how good the reasons for that loss may be.

    Most prostituted women want very much to be good mothers, often trying to give their children the love and care they never received themselves. The birth of a "trick baby", that is, one fathered by some unknown john, produces very complicated feelings. Some mothers can separate their feeling for the baby from the anger at the way the baby was conceived, but others cannot. Some "trick babies" are given up for adoption by mothers who fear that they otherwise might abuse them.

    If the baby was fathered by a pimp, or is at least claimed to be in official records, the courts may fail to recognize, or ignore, the real nature of the relationship. The pimp may be given visitation rights or even custody. This gives the pimp a new person to threaten and a new means of controlling the mother. It makes escaping from the sex industry even harder than it already is.

    Both male and female survivors of prostitution usually develop a tremendous hatred of men, especially those in authority. They hate both for the actual harm done, and for the help that was not given when it was terribly needed.


    The larger society provides the pimps with a very powerful weapon. It makes prostitution an identity, not an occupation. Once you have taken money for sex, you are a prostitute. Society does not allow an expiration date on that identity, nor a way to be publicly accepted as something else.

    Society offers help to people in trouble largely based on the value set on that person. It is much easier to get help for a married, middle class, domestic violence victim, than for a refugee from the sex industry trying to escape from a pimp.

    Many people prefer to view prostitution as a "lifestyle choice," or even an "addiction" to a lifestyle. They think most people in the sex industry are there to support their drug habits, when actually the drugs are used to cope with what is happening to their lives. Society assumes that nothing can be done to help them, so there is no need to try. The pimps count on it.

    Being trapped, under the control of violent and merciless men, without hope of outside help, sets the stage for Stockholm Syndrome. When the victim cannot successfully fight or flee, she may try to form a protective relationship with her captor. She hopes that if she can prove her love and loyalty to the pimp, she can "love" him into being good. This can become such a desperate attachment that she actually believes she loves him, and passes up chances to escape. Stockholm Syndrome often is the real reason for what others see as the "choice" to stay in the sex industry.

    Prostitution and the drug trade go hand in hand. Customers for sex often are buyers for drugs also. Many pimps are supporting their own habits, and dealing drugs as well.

    The pimps consider drugs and alcohol a cost of doing business. Without the chemicals, their "livestock" may become psychotic or commit suicide. In addition to the brainwashing and violence, addiction provides a form of control. Drugs also produce isolation from people who otherwise might try to protect a victim or help her escape. The only creature less worthy of help than a prostitute, is an addicted prostitute.

    The health effects of prostitution are devastating. Prostitution, especially in childhood, is at least as effective as war in producing post-traumatic stress disorder. Survivors usually have some combination of depression, anxiety, and dissociative disorders. Brain damage, psychosis, and suicide are common. Long term psychiatric disability, serious medical illness, and the effects of accumulating injuries shorten lives.


    People who have had luckier lives, as well as those who profit from the sex industry in some way, frequently refer to prostitution and pornography as "victim-less crimes". They point to a tiny fraction of sex workers who actually might be involved by choice. They selectively read history to find some tiny minority, somewhere, at some time, who gained something in the sex business.

    The very selectiveness of their attention indicates that, on some level, they know that for almost everyone, involvement in the sex industry is a terrible misfortune.

    As many an old cop will say, "Anyone who thinks prostitution is a victimless crime, hasn't seen it up close."


    Herman, Judith Lewis. (1992). Trauma and Recovery. New York: Basic Books.

    Jarranson, James M. and Michael K. Popkin. (Eds). (1998). Caring for Victims of Torture. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.

    Copyright 1998, Joe Parker

    Permission is hereby granted to reproduce this paper in its entirety, in any form or quantity needed, for any purpose except for sale, on condition that this copyright information is included

  9. #9
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    Jun 2008
    The Carolina's
    Thank you to Missizzy for bring light to such a sickening problem that really has overrun our nation. I really hope and pray one day LE can grasp hold of such a disgusting industry and shut it down once and for all. For the record, everyone, this is why I strongly don't think prostitution should be legalized. It opens too many doors for this to continue happening.

    I'm so so so sorry for your daughter Missizzy. Have you been able to find her? My thoughts are with your family.

  10. #10
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    Jun 2008
    Around here somewhere
    May I suggest that for some of our members that wish to help, it is not such a bad idea to post information like contact numbers for the National Runaway Switchboard:
    or a local organization on telephone poles or even on your vehicle.

    Post flyers with information at the bottom of a building or telephone pole or below eye level, in order to allow a working girl to glance at it without being seen looking, or if you are gutsy, place them on your vehicle. Attempting to give this info directly to a prostitute that you fear may be a trafficked child is to risk your life and theirs. If the pimp sees you give it to them, they will never have a chance to call.

    Talk to your local outreach center. I live close to Detroit, and not only do we have our own prostitution base, we get their overflow. Many of the outreach and churches are truly not aware that the problems are that bad. My local sandwich house, offers two kind of sandwiches, the regular kind and the "Help sandwich" which contains a tiny laminated card with the numbers of the local police and other orgs which can help at a moments notice. There are ways to help without directly putting yourself in the line of fire, but you have to be smart and creative.
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

  11. #11
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    Jul 2009
    Thank you Kaylynn. No, we cannot locate her. We can semi track her by occasional sightings on CL, hospital bills (she has numerous gynecological problems and has been treated for a broken jaw and STDs), and rumors. For some unknown reason, she still gives out our address to the ERs she's taken to but we don't get them for several weeks and by then, she's gone. We've always handed these bills and the records of our communications with the hospitals over to LE or the FBI. All she'd have to say is that she wants out as we have services ready to help her in Oregon.

    The most recent information we received is that the woman who procured her was arrested last month in Redding, CA for attempted murder of another young woman. She stabbed her in the chest several times. Thankfully, the young woman will live but Donn Lurrinda Hayden has been charged with attempted murder. It's ugly out there.


    I try to rattle some sense into other families where I see the same story replaying but so often, families really do not want to believe that their child could be talked into this.

    The reason I say that it is not just girls (although, I'm fairly certain the majority are) is that we had a real fright 15 years ago. One of our birth sons was having trouble after our trial and we sent him, by bus, to visit one of his older siblings in the Bay Area as a treat. Our son is incredibly bright and talented. Extremely sure of himself and gives off healthy and strong vibes. But he was only 16 and traveling alone. He was raised in a loving and close community and just naturally trusts people. He was taught to be friendly and polite. Anyway, on the way down to SF, a man moved into the seat next to him and our son told him his life story...about the trials, the disappointment of us having to miss his graduation, the sadness in our home. This man was all ears. He even changed his ticket to follow our son to the main SF bus station. He was very complimentary and offered to take our son to dinner at some friend's house. For reasons I will never understand, our son gave this man our address and a photo of himself. Thankfully, his older brother arrived on time to collect him. We knew nothing at all was amiss.

    Fast forward a couple of weeks and we started getting strange phone calls for this son from an adult. At first we thought it had to do with school or theatre but our son was obviously distressed. He finally confessed the whole incident after two postcards arrived postmarked from San Quentin. The man had been on the run and was a RSO. I cannot tell you how my heart literally flipped over. I had a sense in that moment, that nothing was sacred and no child was safe.

    We immediately enlisted the help of some friends in our local police dept. who got in touch with San Quentin. Sure enough, this horrible man had a whole "shrine" set up for our son. I was quite relieved to get a phone call from an official at the prison the next day telling us that the cell had been purged of all things related to our son. I think the experience scared our teen's socks off. If he had been just the tiniest bit more vulnerable and hadn't had a strong and stable brother waiting for him at the end of the line, I don't know what would have happened.

    I expected our daughter to be a target due to her low self esteem, sexual abuse history and cognitive challenges. I NEVER expected it with our son. And it happened again when another son flew to Europe recently. It wasn't merely an innocent attempted pick-up. No, the 19 year old was preyed on and followed.

    Children and teens have got to be trained to be on alert at all times. The predators are excellent at their work.

  12. #12
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    Dec 2008
    Silicon Hills
    What's sad too is that even when rescued, their lives are still so risky...Alliah Menkara is an example

    Menkara had come to the Chicago area to work with a group that helps victims of abuse but left the care of the organization and disappeared, according to the Crime Stoppers release. Menkara had been the victim of "extensive abuse at the hands of adults involved in organized crime" and is "incredibly vulnerable" because of that, McDade said.

    The circumstances of her disappearance "lead us to believe that Alliah may not be missing by choice," according to the release.


    she has a thread at WS

    IL IL /MO - Alliah Menkara,15, from St.Louis- last seen Oak Park 27-Nov-2010 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

    There are so many very young girls that go missing every day - I always wonder if they are being lured away to become part of the sex trafficking trade.

    And I don't know if it's just because Chicago reports their missing more than other cities, but there are *lots* of kids who go missing from there - so I have to wonder if Chicago is one of those 'trade centers'.
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    But if that drop was not in the ocean,
    I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
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  13. #13
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    Jun 2008
    Around here somewhere
    Missizzy - I am sure that you are aware of backpage dot com, as well, to use a resource in tracking your daughter. Many of the former CL posters have moved over there.

    Another resource that many don't know about but believe me, the johns do, is http://www.tineye.com/
    You can upload a photo or have it take one from a website, and it will scan the web for other places that photo has been used. If you can get a picture of her on one website, tineye can help you find others that she is being advertised on.
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

  14. #14
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    Jul 2009
    not_my_kids--Great idea. There's also the young survivor back east who hands out tiny mirrors to girls with a secret code written on them:


    "Trafficked into sexual slavery at 14, Tina Frundt now heads her own anti-slavery organization. Based in Washington, D.C., Courtney's House is scheduled to open a shelter dedicated to rehabilitating survivors of sex trafficking. Frundt is the 2010 recipient of the Frederick Douglass Freedom Award, given every year by Free the Slaves to survivors of slavery who now dedicate their lives to helping others.

    Tina Frundt says that no little girl dreams of becoming a sex slave when she grows up. That's why Tina risks her life in the middle of the night to reach out to teens that are trapped. She knows their pain and fear. "The reason why I'm so compelled to do this work is because I'm a survivor of sex trafficking," Tina says, "and quite honestly, nobody did this for me."

    It takes Tina just ten seconds to let a sex slave know that someone cares about their plight and can help them escape. She does it on the streets of Washington, D.C. at night. Walking casually along, she hands off a simple trinket that contains a telephone hotline number. It's a covert encounter, and Tina works hard to blend in so that traffickers won't become suspicious...."

    more at link

    I worry, though, that many have been prepared for this sort of thing and have been warned that if they call the numbers they'll be jailed or worse, their pimp will beat them within an inch of their lives.

    I think we have to start young, discussing personal safety boundaries with our teens. Role play, discuss different scenarios, just keep talking and listening.......

    With the budget the way it is, sadly very few programs exist for these young women. A 72 hour hold is not going to do it. Neither is a month long program. This is a deep hole that has to be crawled out of and it's going to cost the US taxpayer probably more than he/she's willing to spend. Wrap-around rehabilitation services cost an arm and a leg.

    After all, those girls "chose to do this". Right?

  15. #15
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    Jul 2009
    not_my_kids--I knew about the first resource but not the second. I'll check that thoroughly in the morning. And TM, I was told that certain cities are hubs. Portland, Sacramento, Chicago all have that distinction. But it happens literally everywhere.

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