I believe the terrible accusations leveled here against individual pimps– but, while the article provides at least a couple of suspiciously uncited stats to back up the difficult pasts of most prostitutes, it doesn’t mention any statistics regarding abuse by pimps. It limits its examples to anecdotes, because either the author is unaware of the research or she knows that it would undermine her screed. If you are more interested in the facts than she is, I encourage you to read *Superfreakonomics*, which does deal in facts and figures, and is unashamed to cite sources. In reality and on average, a prostitute who has a pimp will make more money– even after her pimp takes his sizable cut– and suffer less physical violence than a prostitute without one. Hersh notes that most prostitutes come from difficult circumstances, which I interpret as a sign that prostitution is likely more a symptom than a cause of their problems (abused childhoods, drug addiction, familial estrangement, etc.), but which Hersh interprets as a sign that we should be angry with their advertisers/bodyguards. (I should probably also note the existence of a smaller, but real, group of prostitutes who had okay lives before they entered the business and still think they have okay lives, a belief that I don’t care to dispute.) Since I’m not interested in making sex workers’ lives even harder, I’m not interested in attacking their protectors. Yes, some pimps should be in jail– as should some CEOs, engineers, doctors, and financial planners. That doesn’t mean that we should jail everyone who practices what is, as it turns out, a very useful trade.