Dating a gang member

“And if I’m respected as an associate of West Side Street Mobb, then the gang gets more respect…

Next to money, respect is all that matters.” Deshawn “Cash Money” Clark, 19, sentenced in January to 17 years for his role in the prostitution ring and the first to be convicted under a new state human-trafficking law, apologized.

“I know what I did was wrong,” Clark said to King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North, according to

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From the pimps’ perspective, he explained, “I sell crack, I sell it, it’s gone, I sell a girl, she’s still there.” “If a pimp has two girls, say each one does two dates, that makes $600 a day, times 30,” Larson said.

“The average pimp can make $18,000 a month for two girls doing two dates a day.” One recently convicted pimp was making $30,000 a month from the girls who were working for him, Larson said.

Juan Alexander Vianez, 26, of Lakewood, was sentenced in federal court to 20 years in prison in September.

“Pimping out girls gets me money, which gets me respect,” gang member Shawn Clark, 21, wrote in a confession, according to before he was sentenced in December to nine years in prison for his role in a West Seattle prostitution ring.

Drug dealing can be lucrative, but some gang members who sell drugs get tired of standing out on the street all night, at risk of arrest simply by possessing the drugs they’re selling.

So, they become pimps and make their girlfriends work all night instead — selling sex.Pimping can be very lucrative, and both federal and local law enforcement agencies have seen a trend of gang members getting involved in controlling girls under the age of 18 through violence, making them sell themselves, and keeping all of the profits.FBI Task Force Officer Ryan Larson said the reason for the change was simply economic.The average age of entry for girls into prostitution is 13 in the United States, according to a University of Pennsylvania study.Even when girls do have relatives to go back to, a return often isn’t possible.“I called one mother and I said, ‘I don’t want to take your daughter to jail, come get her.’ She said she’d file a complaint if I didn’t stop harassing her,” Larson said.

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