We have misconceptions about who they are, what they look like, what they do, and how they fit into society. How are we supposed to understand their role in sex trafficking when jokes are made about them, music artists try to be them, and most people think of a top hat and cane? Hopefully the rest of this post helps.
We see them in the music videos, watch them in movies and TV shows, and hear about them roaming around the bad parts of town. Their lifestyle is sensationalized, their line of "work" is romanticized, and very little is based off reality.
These predators are successful at what they do because they are master manipulators. They brag that P.I.M.P. stands for: Power In Manipulating People. It is a craft they study and master, an area of pride for them. It is one of the things that makes them so dangerous.
You see, pimps are posers.