A man who practices lewdness; a lecher; a whoremonger. [1913 Webster]
One keeps or procures whores for others; a pimp; a procurer. [1913 Webster]
2 a pimp who procures whores [syn: whoremonger]
A pimp finds and manages clients for prostitutes and engages them in prostitution (in brothels in most cases and some cases street prostitution) in order to profit from their earnings. Typically, a pimp will not force prostitutes to stay with him, although some have been known to be abusive in order to keep their prostitutes submissive or to maximize profits. A pimp may also offer to protect his prostitutes from rival pimps and prostitutes, or from abusive clients. He can also enable a prostitute to work in a particular area under his control. Pimping is illegal in many countries.
Most people who work managing prostitutes are men, but some women work in this capacity as well, though rarely in street prostitution. Women are rarely called pimps, as the word implies male dominance (see Pimps in Popular Culture below) - a woman who manages prostitutes is generally called a mamasan or a madam. (This should not be confused with the title of respect given to adult women in most English-speaking countries.)
Often , low level pimps will initially present themselves as lovers or father-figures to prostitutes (who may be run-aways or otherwise lack a family network) before introducing them to prostitution and perhaps drug addiction. This practice is called "turning out." The pimp-prostitute relationship can be abusive, with the pimp using psychological intimidation, manipulation and physical force to control the members in the "stable".
Pimp business in the United States of AmericaIn 2004 two pimps were convicted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and of violations of other criminal statutes. Both of the defendants appealed their convictions.
As to the business structure, at the top there is the pimp who runs the business. Below the pimp is the "Bottom Girl." She acts in a way like an office manager, keeping tabs on the "track" when the pimp is away, keeping the pimp appraised of the law enforcement activity, and collecting money from the prostitutes. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the term was commonly used to refer to informers. . A pimp can also mean "a despicable person". The term can also be applied to a person who is considered a ladies' man. In medical context, the verb also means "To ask (a student) a question for the purpose of testing his knowledge."
whoremaster in Arabic: قواد
whoremaster in Danish: Alfons (prostitution)
whoremaster in German: Zuhälter
whoremaster in Spanish: Proxenetismo
whoremaster in French: Proxénétisme
whoremaster in Italian: Lenocinio
whoremaster in Hebrew: סרסור
whoremaster in Lithuanian: Suteneris
whoremaster in Hungarian: Kitartottság
whoremaster in Dutch: Pooier
whoremaster in Norwegian: Hallik
whoremaster in Polish: Sutenerstwo
whoremaster in Portuguese: Proxenetismo
whoremaster in Russian: Сутенёр
whoremaster in Sicilian: Ruffianu (prustituzzioni)
whoremaster in Simple English: Pimp
whoremaster in Finnish: Sutenööri
whoremaster in Swedish: Hallick
whoremaster in Vietnamese: Má mì
whoremaster in Yiddish: פימפ
whoremaster in Chinese: 操控性工作者