This one is probably very surprising to those of us whose entire concept of pimps comes from pop culture and/or flamboyant Halloween costumes.
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"Christina" got ensnared by a man she thought was her boyfriend. It started when she got pregnant at 18 and, angry at her family's reaction, moved to Las Vegas to start stripping. "Then I met a guy on the strip I thought was the answer to all my dreams: bought me a nice car, put me in a nice house, took me shopping. He was amazing." Holy s**t, Christina got Pretty Woman'd without even having to work a street corner. That's basically the best-case scenario for a runaway in Las Vegas, right? But you already know where this s**t is going:
"So here I am, thinking I'd made it. I'd met Prince Charming and my life was going to be amazing. A couple months later, Halloween night, he sat me down in the kitchen and said, 'I'm actually a pimp. And the time you've spent with me isn't free.'" Yeah, then the "subtle" technique was replaced by the more direct approach. "He told me, 'If you leave or tell anyone, I'll kill you, and I'll kill your family.' That started a year and a half of complete hell. I didn't know anything about pimps aside from rap songs or 'pimp your ride.' He explained, 'I'm going to take you, drop you off at the casino. Sit at the bar. The first person who walks up to you, tell them you want to negotiate a price.'"
And if you think casino security would help stop this? It doesn't.