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Comment & Response
May 24/31, 2016

Pimping as a Practice in Medical Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1US Department of Veterans Affairs and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Corporal Michael Crensenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2016;315(20):2236. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1571

To The Editor In an Editorial, Dr Reifler wrote that “the term [pimping] is saddled with negative and malicious connotations, regardless of the intended meaning.”1 For this reason, medicine should reject the term pimping in medical education.

When Reifler stated that pimping has “nothing to do with finding customers for prostitutes,” this is correct—it has to do with a trafficker finding exploiters of trafficking victims. A trafficker, or “pimp,” organizes “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.”2 Pimping is violence and it is associated with the significant medical and public health issue of sex trafficking.3