It’s Sexual Violence Myth Monday! Share your myths with #SVMythMonday.

Today’s MYTH: Most prostitution does not involve pimps.

FACT: Most prostitution involves pimps. Health service providers, shelter staff, survivors of prostitution, and law enforcement sources estimate that 65-85% of all prostitution is pimp-dominated.

Pimps are the people that johns pay to outsource the violence necessary to keep women in prostitution obedient. Consider that pimps are not named “pimps” by women in prostitution. They are named boyfriends, husbands, friends, sometimes girlfriends. Pimps are also taxi drivers, casino hosts, strip club owners, valets, massage parlor managers. bartenders, and many others who earn money by selling or helping to sell women in prostitution.

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