Kerry Howley reads Venkatesh & Leavitt, "An Empirical Analysis of Street-Level Prostitution" and observes "Pimps pay better than the market wage and keep you safe and keep the police from demanding freebies. Who wouldn't want a pimp?" Meanwhile, it seems that pimp-inflicted beatings cancel out the reduction in customer-inflicted beatings that come with working with a pimp.
This all via Radley Balko who focuses on the deplorable conduct of the police. I think this blog takes a legalize-and-regulate line on prostitution, believing that this would give hookers legal recourse against maltreatment and improve their situation.
UPDATE: And, yes, in this context it would seem that "by 'police ... demanding freebies' we mean police committing rape."
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