About this book


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. 


Commercial sex markets and human trafficking Economics of pimping Management of sex work Pimp and sex worker relationships Public and political views on pimping and sex trafficking Stereotypes of pimps

Editors and affiliations

  • Amber Horning
    • 1
  • Anthony Marcus
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology William Paterson UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Anthropology DepartmentJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50305-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50303-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50305-9
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