This volume is a compilation of new original qualitative and ethnographic research on pimps and other third party facilitators of commercial sex from the developed and developing world. From African-American pimps in the United States and Eastern European migrants in Germany to Brazilian cafetãos and cafetinas this volume features the lives and voices of the men and women who enable diverse and culturally distinct sex markets around the world. In scholarly, popular, and policy-making discourses, such individuals are typically viewed as larger-than-life hustlers, violent predators, and brutal exploiters. However, there is actually very little empirical research-based knowledge about how pimps and third party facilitators actually live, labor, and make meaning in their everyday lives. Nearly all previous knowledge derives from hearsay and post-hoc reporting from ex-sex-workers, customers, police and government agents, neighbors, and self-aggrandizing fictionalized memoirs.
This volume is the first published compilation of empirically researched data and analysis about pimps and third parties working in the sex trade across the globe. Situated in an age of highly punitive and ubiquitous global anti-trafficking law, it challenges highly charged public policy stereotypes that conflate pimping and sex trafficking, in order to understand the lived experience of pimps and the men and women whose work they facilitate.
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Amber Horning is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at William Paterson University. She researches sex markets, human trafficking and forced migration. Her dissertation is based on one of the largest and most comprehensive data collection about 'pimps' in the United States. She is currently working on a project investigating pimp/sex worker 'bottom' dyads in New York City and on another project about unaccompanied minor refugees waiting for asylum in Sweden.
Anthony Marcus is professor of Anthropology at John Jay College, with almost three decades of experience studying gender and masculinity among hidden, vulnerable and stigmatized urban populations. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Dialectical Anthropology and has published numerous books for teaching American History at the tertiary.
Preface.- Introduction: In Search of Pimps and Other Varieties.- 1. Sympathy for the devil: Pimps, agents and third parties involved in the sale of sex in Rio de Janeiro.- 2. Loved or seduced? Intimate relationships between Hungarian sex workers and pimps in Berlin's Kurfürstenstraße.- 3. Pimps, bottoms and the nexus of caring and cash in a Harlem sex market.- 4. Managers' rules about sex worker's health and safety in the illicit online sex market: Considering profits and risks.- 5. Exit from the game: Ex-pimps and Desistance in the U.S.A.- 6. Managing conflict: An examination of three-way alliances in Canadian escort and massage businesses.- 7. Perceptions about pimps in an upscale mega brothel in Germany.- 8. Black Pimps Matter: Racially Selective Identification and Prosecution of Sex Trafficking in the United States.