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Between Choice and Obligation: An Exploratory Assessment of Forced Marriage Problems and Policies among Migrants in the United States

New Edited Volume Third Party Sex Work and Pimps in the Age of Anti-Trafficking — By Amber Horning and Anthony Marcus

© 2017

Third Party Sex Work and Pimps

in the Age of Anti-trafficking


Editors: Horning, Amber, Marcus, Anthony (Eds.)

??This volume is the first comprehensive compilation of scholarly works on pimps


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.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: In Search of Pimps and Other Varieties

    Horning, Amber (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Sympathy for the Devil: Pimps, Agents, and Third Parties Involved in the Sale of Sex in Rio de Janeiro

    Blanchette, Thaddeus Gregory (et al.)

    Pages 15-47

  • Loved or Seduced? Intimate Relationships Between Hungarian Sex Workers and Pimps in Berlin’s Kurfürstenstraße

    Katona, Noemi

    Pages 49-69

  • Pimps, Bottoms, and the Nexus of Caring and Cash in a Harlem Sex Market

    Horning, Amber (et al.)

    Pages 71-88

  • Managers’ Rules About Sex Workers’ Health and Safety in the Illicit Online Sex Market: Considering Profits and Risks

    Finn, Mary A. (et al.)

    Pages 89-110

  • Exit from the Game: Ex-pimps and Desistance in the U.S.A

    Davis, Holly

    Pages 111-129

  • Managing Conflict: An Examination of Three-Way Alliances in Canadian Escort and Massage Businesses

    Casey, Lauren (et al.)

    Pages 131-149

  • Perceptions About Pimps in an Upscale Mega Brothel in Germany

    Staiger, Annegret

    Pages 151-176

  • Black Pimps Matter: Racially Selective Identification and Prosecution of Sex Trafficking in the United States

    Williamson, Kathleen G. (et al.)

    Pages 177-196

SNRG & Urban Institute research on Underground Commercial Sex Economy hits media

Meredith Dank, Mitch Downey - Urban Institute, Washington DC
Bilal Khan, Ric Curtis – SNRG, CUNY Graduate Center, John Jay College

From March 12, 2014:

Book Chapter to appear in Handbook on Economics of Prostitution (Oxford University Press)

A method for determining the size of the underground cash economy for commercial sex in seven US cities

Bilal Khan - Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, John Jay College, CUNY
Mitch Downey – Department of Economics, University of San Diego
Meredith Dank – Urban Institute, Washington D.C.
Kirk Dombrowski - Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In this chapter we seek to: (1) derive a more rigorous estimate of the underground commercial sex economy (UCSE) in seven major US cities; and (2) provide an understanding of the structure of this underground economy. To estimate the size of the UCSE accurately, we had to produce simultaneous estimates in each city for the size of the cash-based trade in both illegal drugs and illegal firearms. Ordinarily, estimates for each of these are made singly, and often for a single locale at a single time. Our approach goes in the opposite direction. The operating assumption of the estimation process that follows is that estimates of the size of various domains of the underground economy (UE) are more accurate when comparative data across time and across different locations are taken into account, and when estimates of the size of one domain of the UE are forced to balance estimates of other domains in the UE with which they coincide.


Forced Marriage Working Paper

forced marriage working paper

Is Forced Marriage a Problem in the United States? 

Intergenerational Conflict over Marital Choice Among College Students at the City University of New York from Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian Migrant Families

Anthony Marcus – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Popy Begum – University of Oxford

Alana Henninger – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Laila Alsabahi – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Engy Hanna – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Lisa Robbins-Stathas – John Jay College of the City University of New York

Ric Curtis – John Jay College of the City University of New York