You’re going to need a very special bond with mum or dad in order to pimp them out.
We meet Katie Roe, 39, who won’t settle down with a man unless he gets the okay from her kids Jay, 22, Harry, 16, and Rocky, six.“I don’t think we can understand how this can be so lacking from any young person’s life, but it has been.” Rachel Durchslag, executive director of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, refers to recruiting prostitutes as a “grooming process.” Pimps target individuals who are emotionally vulnerable.They become boyfriends, girlfriends and confidants. They convince victims that no one else loves them, a reasonable argument given the earlier cycle of abuse their prey have endured.“In some instances – a lot of instances – there really isn’t anyone else who cares about these individuals,” Durchslag said.She said: ‘The boys know me as well as I know myself – maybe even better in some ways.The Dreamcatcher Foundation From Austin to the Gold Coast, prostitution brings blight From Victims to Victimizers: Interviews with 25 Ex-Pimps in Chicago Women often isolated, tricked into prostitution, De Paul study finds Before co-founding The Dreamcatcher Foundation and becoming a Cook County Court advocate for victims of sexual exploitation, Brenda Myers-Powell spent 25 years as a prostitute. “It’s impossible to protect all girls from guys like I was because that’s what we do,” said one pimp.
Once, she said, she was explaining a situation to her pimp. It is the subject of “From Victim to Victimizers: Interviews with 25 Ex-Pimps in Chicago,” a 2010 report published by Myers-Powell and De Paul researcher Jody Raphael.
She really felt she had made a mistake in thinking for herself. “Just fried.” Myers-Powell describes the typical pimp's method of mental abuse and compulsion as “running game.” “If I’m an impressionable young girl with low self-esteem,” she said, “it’s very easy to coerce me and talk me into your plan.” The plan is systematic brainwashing that takes place over a number of months and years.
“If you want to know something, you call me and let me do the thinking.” At the time, his demand made sense, Myers-Powell said.
“We eat, drink and sleep thinking of ways to trick young girls into doing what we want them to do.” “But,” Myers-Powell explained, “it’s me thinking that it’s what I want to do.” The process usually begins when pimps are children themselves, victims of abuse at home.
When those abused children become adults, they attempt to regain lost control through the exploitation and trafficking of others.
“It’s a particular way of staying in the arena where you have been abused,” Raphael said, “but just kind of seizing the power.” A senior research fellow at the De Paul University College of Law Schiller De Canto and Fleck Family Law Center, Raphael said people recruited as prostitutes are often susceptible to this misuse of power because of abuse in their households. “And a pimp is offering a sense of love and a sense of concern,” Raphael said.