30 May 2010
Pimping as a business
Pimping is sometimes operated like a business. The pimp may have a bottom girl who serves as office manager, keeping the pimp apprised of law-enforcement activity and collecting money from the prostitutes. Pimps recognize a hierarchy among themselves. The least respected, or newer pimps, are the “popcorn pimps” and “wannabes”. A pimp who uses violence and intimidation to control his prostitutes is called a “jonas pimp”, while those pimps that use psychological trickery to deceive younger prostitutes into becoming hooked into the system are called “finesse pimps”. An important part of the business is obtaining and maintaining a selection of prostitutes. Losing one’s prostitute to another pimp is known as getting “peeled”. Informing a pimp that one of his prostitutes has switched pimps is a professional courtesy, and any attempt to respond to this courtesy with violence will quickly get the violent pimp labeled a “Gorilla” or “Godzilla”. Prostitutes who move between pimps often are labeled as a “choosey Susie”. In addition, a prostitute may “bounce” from pimp to pimp without paying the “pimp moving” tax.
The pimp business has an internal structure – built around violence – for dealing with rule breakers. For example, pimps have been known to employ a “pimp stick,” which is two coat hangers wrapped together, in order to subdue unruly prostitutes. A variation is a “pimp cane”, a cane used for similar purposes. Another punishment for unruly prostitutes is to “trunk” them, where the pimp locks the prostitute in the trunk of a car. Although prostitutes are supposedly free to move between pimps, this movement sometimes leads to violence. For example, a prostitute could be punished for merely looking at another pimp; this is considered “reckless eyeballing”. Violent force is also used on customers, for example if the customer attempts to evade payment or becomes unruly with a prostitute.