We like to believe that there are laws among thieves. We like to believe that there are rules of honor, that when Michael Corleone orders a mob hit, it's because some code has been violated, that if Tony Soprano chokes a guy to death in a parking lot, it is because that guy broke some rule, that he deserved it somehow. This is one of the most romantic ideas that we have about crime, that there could be a system, that there could be ancient, strict rules, and that there are people out there who actually try to follow those rules, you know? And at one level, of course we want to believe that. Of course we want to believe that it's all so orderly, rather than the thing that we fear about crime, which is that it's random and can strike us at any time, that it's senseless.
The remarkable thing about the report is the extent to which it quotes directly from the mouths of those involved in the trade. Which is amazing, because sex worker activists have been pointing out—perhaps "shouting" is a more accurate term—for decades that the debate about sex work is usually conducted by people who have no direct experience of sex work, either as pimps, johns, or sex workers themselves. What we have here is evidence that feels way less abstract than say, pure statistics would. I'm still going through the report—there are over densely packed pages.
The reader learns about the world of the pimp, not through Beck, but through his teachers. And one key dilemma Beck lays out for his readers is what might be called the thoroughbred problem. Pimps like horse metaphors. Eventually, she gets older and hipper and realizes it was all a ruse. She can rattle a pimp into goofing his whole game.
Top definition. A bottom girl, a bottom woman or bottom bitch, sits atop the hierarchy of prostitutes working for a particular pimp. A bottom girl is usually the prostitute who has been with the pimp the longest and consistently makes the most money.