Cauley (from Journal Gazette)
This weekend, I was floored by a news article about a jury that acquitted a pimp because his teenage victim had a prior history of sexual exploitation (Miami girl’s beau/pimp acquitted of sex crime , Journal Gazette, Indiana, 7/29/11). It is absolutely appalling that the court accepted an argument that this young victim’s prior exploitation and abuse somehow meant that “she asked for it” or that “she deserved it.” Both the judge and the jury lacked an understanding of the victimology of domestic minor sex trafficking.
Posted by daphne | Posted in Awareness, Daphne, Language | Posted on July 2, 2011
Over 100,000 American children are trafficked for sex or “pimped” each and every year. The average age of entry is 12 to 14 years old according to Shared Hope International’s report.
These children are looking for a better life, a better home. Instead they are misled by pimps to sell their bodies and innocence to pedophiles and sick people in exchange for “love” and belonging.
Unfortunately, pop culture and music videos have made these pimps an American icon. In the past decade, the use of the word “pimp” as a verb to mean “to decorate or improve” has become popular thanks to MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.” For instance, Vicki’s daughter was kidnapped and sold by a pimp who came from a wealthy family. He wanted to be a pimp, thinking it was “cool.” (Hear Vicki’s story and two survivors speak how their pimps lured them in our promo video on the CAS homepage.)
Today, I would like to propose this new definition for the word “pimp”…