In Raising up World Changers, I mentioned the prevention work we do in the local junior high and high schools. This week we had the privilege of going into one of the schools we have been teaching at for the past four years. Every year we get the same question, “What do the pimps look like?” In my six years working with Awaken, I have yet to see a single pimp dressed like the men in this picture. Put aside every judgment you have about how a pimp looks, talks and acts as I briefly describe the three most common types of pimps I see.
The first type is the Romeo pimp and is the most common. He prays on the heathiest desires that are inside of each of us, the need to be loved and accepted. This pimp is charming and knows just what to say to make you fall head over heels for him. After you fall in love, it is only a matter of time until you will do whatever he asks. This pimp will continue to prey on your insecurities while promising you a piece of heaven.
The second type of pimp is the CEO pimp. He uses tactics that include money and the false promise of jobs and an aspiring career. This pimp is well dressed and always put together. He will use lines like, “You could be a model.” And, “I can make you millions.” He preys on young women and girls who are naïve and desperate to make it on their own. He will tell you what you want to hear and you will unsuspectingly do exactly what he wants you to do.
Finally, there is the gorilla pimp. He uses violent and forceful tendencies including kidnapping and intimidation. He overpowers his victims by his sheer force. He uses physical beatings, drugs and blackmail to keep his girls submissive and obedient. Fear for their life is very real and is one of the many reasons victims don’t speak up and ask for help.
I encourage you to stop using and glorifying the word pimp. Pimps need to be exposed for the damage and abuse they cause women and children every day. This week, be more cautious of the words you use and be intentional about building others up.