There are no accounting records to trace, no receipts to scrutinize, and no legal records to analyze.
Simply, it is difficult to grasp the size of this economy.
Others prefer that their employees not smoke marijuana or drink, but still tolerate it. Young dudes usually want to do drugs with them or rob them.
The research yields the first scientifically rigorous estimates for the revenue generated in the underground commercial sex economies of Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Miami, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, DC, in 20.
These economies, in 2007, ranged in value from .9 million to 0 million.
Only 15 percent of pimps admitted to using violence against their employees at some point, but that number is likely low. And the first order of business is typically to collect all the money. I smoked weed so I didn’t have a problem with them smoking weed. I wouldn’t even take those girls—ask straight up, you have any habits?
For their part, nearly one-third of the pimps said they entered the underground commercial sex economy because they grew up around it. When they have a habit, I’d put some money in their bra, take a little to get high with [and then send them away].” “These girls, they don’t get no cut or anything, but they do get anything they want or need,” one pimp said.
According to several of the 73 convicted pimps interviewed in 20 for the study, scouting at transportation hubs is one of their many recruitment practices.
Besides mass transit stations, pimps recruit women at nightclubs, strip bars, malls, high schools, college campuses, and neighborhoods and streets known for prostitution, as well as via online and social media channels.Atlanta had the largest underground commercial sex economy in 2007 at 0 million, and Denver had the smallest at .9 million.To put these numbers in perspective, Atlanta’s underground commercial sex economy in 2007 was nearly 2.5 times bigger than the 2013 payroll of the Atlanta Falcons.But a groundbreaking study released by the Urban Institute sheds new light on how much money is generated by the underground commercial sex economy in American cities.Knowing the size of the economy is the critical first step for enabling law enforcement, the judicial system, and policymakers to make informed choices about how to fight the harm that happens within these black markets.Prostitution is said to be the world’s oldest profession, but understanding the size and scope of this economy, and the methods and actors involved in this trade, is still a murky endeavor.