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(Washington Post)   Bar Code Tattoos: All the cool pimps insist on them   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 91
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2012-03-24 10:13:32 PM  
Do pimps normally brand prostitutes? I've never heard of this practice.
 
2012-03-24 10:18:34 PM  
www.thebookbordello.com
img.myconfinedspace.com
 
2012-03-24 10:46:01 PM  
cdnet.myxer.com
 
2012-03-25 12:58:52 AM  
Inventory management is important in any business, legal or otherwise.

These guys sound like douchebags and I hope they rot.
 
2012-03-25 02:15:45 AM  
Branding would have been better.

Lasers can remove the tattoo. Scaring, however, is a bit more difficult.

But if that were my slave, I would punish her by putting hot irons on her feet for five seconds, ten second rest, five seconds again, for a good 24 hours.
 
2012-03-25 02:18:44 AM  
Meh. Barcoding is so 1990's.

Chip dat ho!
 
2012-03-25 02:21:02 AM  
I always joked with my wife, who has been in the Navy since 1999, that she should get a barcode tattoo on her ankle with "Property of the USN" under it. She thought about it for a while, too.
 
2012-03-25 02:21:02 AM  
i.imgur.com

How much for her?
 
2012-03-25 02:21:54 AM  
Bah, I can never get those automated registers to work right.

Please scan your companion. *grrr! Rrrr!! flipping item around all directions*
Please place escort in the bagging area.
Please place
Please
...Attendant has been notified to assist you.
 
2012-03-25 02:22:08 AM  
Quite entrepreneurial of them.

www.barcodesinc.com
 
2012-03-25 02:22:36 AM  
and then I get punched by a pimp with a laser reader.
 
2012-03-25 02:23:37 AM  
Not only were those women forced into a life of prostitution, they'll never be able to use the self-checkout at the supermarket without being overcharged.
 
2012-03-25 02:25:05 AM  
Had tattoo code before it was cool:

cdn.theatlantic.com

(Still isn't.)
 
2012-03-25 02:25:07 AM  

cman: Branding would have been better.

Lasers can remove the tattoo. Scaring, however, is a bit more difficult.

But if that were my slave, I would punish her by putting hot irons on her feet for five seconds, ten second rest, five seconds again, for a good 24 hours.


Seriously, WTF?
 
2012-03-25 02:25:56 AM  
The mark of the beotch?
 
2012-03-25 02:26:31 AM  
In Europe they are called gypsies, here in the States we call them illegals/cartel members/gangsters...

...we all just want them to GTFO.
 
2012-03-25 02:28:12 AM  
Beer olympics! USA! USA! USA!
 
2012-03-25 02:35:35 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: cman: Branding would have been better.

Lasers can remove the tattoo. Scaring, however, is a bit more difficult.

But if that were my slave, I would punish her by putting hot irons on her feet for five seconds, ten second rest, five seconds again, for a good 24 hours.

Seriously, WTF?


Not how I really think.

I was injecting some Fark classic into the mix.

/Miss those days
 
2012-03-25 02:35:55 AM  

cman: But if that were my slave, I would punish her by putting hot irons on her feet for five seconds, ten second rest, five seconds again, for a good 24 hours.


images.wikia.com
 
2012-03-25 02:38:36 AM  

cman: Bathia_Mapes: cman: Branding would have been better.

Lasers can remove the tattoo. Scaring, however, is a bit more difficult.

But if that were my slave, I would punish her by putting hot irons on her feet for five seconds, ten second rest, five seconds again, for a good 24 hours.

Seriously, WTF?

Not how I really think.

I was injecting some Fark classic into the mix.

/Miss those days


Sorry. It's been a long, long day.
 
2012-03-25 02:39:09 AM  
Barcodes? Pfft.. All the cool pimps are using QR Codes
 
2012-03-25 02:47:41 AM  
t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-03-25 02:47:58 AM  
Haha, sex trafficking!
 
2012-03-25 02:49:46 AM  

Genju: [t2.gstatic.com image 274x184]


You don't post a picture from the movie! Nobody likes that movie.
 
2012-03-25 02:56:27 AM  

Jamdug!: Do pimps normally brand prostitutes? I've never heard of this practice.


You can also put little metal grilles along the paths they normally walk while chewing their cum - when their heels hit the grille it unnerves them and they won't cross it.
 
2012-03-25 02:57:18 AM  
Sex is a multibillion-dollar industry in Spain, with colorfully lit brothels staffed mainly by poor immigrant women from Latin America, Africa and eastern Europe lining highways throughout the country.


Prostitution is a profitable business. This is Rick Romero reporting. Water is still wet. News at 11.
 
2012-03-25 03:00:20 AM  
Pimpin' Ain't Easy!
 
2012-03-25 03:00:48 AM  

dopeydwarf: Genju: [t2.gstatic.com image 274x184]

You don't post a picture from the movie! Nobody likes that movie.


Funny, as the premise of the series is that 47 can do anything he's paid to. Same for Hollywood producing :)
 
2012-03-25 03:01:44 AM  
Hm, here I thought it was so you could scan them with your iPhone and pay through paypal instead of cash.

If they were trying to do something as stupid as "mark territory" they could've saved everyone the aggravation and just peed on them like every other animal.
 
2012-03-25 03:02:43 AM  
scm-l3.technorati.com


psssh. Barcodes are so last-year. EVERYTHING is QR codes now, because smartphones just need to be able to see them and can decode them instantly.
 
2012-03-25 03:10:05 AM  
CNN's story (new window) implied that there was only one instance of tattooing. Also, by their picture, it's symbolic rather than functional.
 
2012-03-25 03:11:08 AM  
Further evidence that to be a criminal you have to not very bright. The fact that this is a major dick move aside, have these idiots never heard of plausible deniability? Leaving a goddamned tattoo on the victims of your crimes kinda blows that.
 
2012-03-25 03:32:07 AM  
There's actually a bar in Victoria, BC called Barcode. FWIW.
 
2012-03-25 03:32:52 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: cman: Branding would have been better.

Lasers can remove the tattoo. Scaring, however, is a bit more difficult.

But if that were my slave, I would punish her by putting hot irons on her feet for five seconds, ten second rest, five seconds again, for a good 24 hours.

Seriously, WTF?


Feets...mmmmhmmmmmm.
 
2012-03-25 03:39:57 AM  

Oznog: [scm-l3.technorati.com image 436x500]


psssh. Barcodes are so last-year. EVERYTHING is QR codes now, because smartphones just need to be able to see them and can decode them instantly.


I was thinking about getting a tattoo of one of those. Maybe one on my right breast with basic medical info, such as blood type. That way in case of a serious emergency, ER docs/EMTs could potentially aid me quickly.
 
2012-03-25 03:40:51 AM  
portal.bentonvillek12.org
 
2012-03-25 03:55:43 AM  
Finally. Now when I order a "companion" for the evening they can just run my card on their Square app instead of requiring me to have cash, which they can steal after drugging me.
 
2012-03-25 03:58:42 AM  
I've known some Professional Ladies of the night and understand why they do what they do. None had pimps at the time I knew them. None wanted pimps.

I had a hard time understanding why some will work willingly for a pimp, who by nature is a sadistic SOB and just simply needs to be shot and left in a field to rot. I also have a hard time understanding by most laws concerning pimps are pretty lax. It seems to take a lot to shove one behind bars for more than a few months unless they're caught with drugs, guns or committed a felonious act of violence.

One girl I knew had a boy friend who coaxed her into prostitution, which she didn't mind since she had kind of been doing something similar since she was about 13. However, eventually he started slapping her around and one time, he hit her so hard in the head with a broom handle as she ducked out the window of their room, that he caused brain damage.

He didn't care that he almost killed her.

When I came across her, I could tell something wasn't right about her and he was in jail on an unrelated charge for about 5 to 10 years. The brain damage put her on SSI, since she couldn't hold a job. She was waiting for him to get out, 'cause "he still loved her".

It took me a year to convince her she needed to start going out with other guys and when she did, she cut off contact with him real fast.

She still hooked now and then, but to supplement the $450 a month she got from Social Security Income and the $100 in food stamps. When he finally got out, she expected he'd show up, but his money-maker wasn't under his 'spell' any more.

Didn't matter. Within a year, he did something and wound up back in jail for 5 to 10. I think his pimping career is over.

Personally, I figure the cops should have just shot him the second time around.

//You have NO IDEA what it's like to receive an unexpected visit at your home by your prostitute friend, hauling along three of her pretty, independent prostitute girl friends -- and not being able to do a thing because of meds you're on. Even though they just dropped in to say hi.
 
2012-03-25 04:39:32 AM  

Rik01: //You have NO IDEA what it's like to receive an unexpected visit at your home by your prostitute friend, hauling along three of her pretty, independent prostitute girl friends -- and not being able ...


We talking' libido-killing meds or boner-killing meds? Either way, ouch, bro.
 
2012-03-25 04:52:40 AM  

cuzsis: Hm, here I thought it was so you could scan them with your iPhone and pay through paypal instead of cash.

If they were trying to do something as stupid as "mark territory" they could've saved everyone the aggravation and just peed on them like every other animal.


R. Kelly's a pimp?
 
2012-03-25 05:05:21 AM  

Rik01: I've known some Professional Ladies of the night and understand why they do what they do. None had pimps at the time I knew them. None wanted pimps.

I had a hard time understanding why some will work willingly for a pimp, who by nature is a sadistic SOB and just simply needs to be shot and left in a field to rot. I also have a hard time understanding by most laws concerning pimps are pretty lax. It seems to take a lot to shove one behind bars for more than a few months unless they're caught with drugs, guns or committed a felonious act of violence.


Well, I don't think they are working willingly for a pimp. Lots of prostitutes are trafficked in from other countries, or they're addicted to drugs or whatever. Once they're scared and under the pimp's control, it becomes hard for them to leave.

As for why laws vs pimps are so lax, well, I suspect that has something to do with the patriarchy, but of course words like that are taboo on the Internet, because they mark you as a Feminazi who hates men. Even if you are a man.

Seriously, imagine if pimps were treated the way drug dealers are.
 
2012-03-25 05:06:38 AM  

Serial: Barcodes? Pfft.. All the cool pimps are using QR Codes


www.forevergeek.com
 
2012-03-25 05:43:57 AM  

ManicParroT: Rik01:
Well, I don't think they are working willingly for a pimp. Lots of prostitutes are trafficked in from other countries, or they're addicted to drugs or whatever. Once they're scared and under the pimp's control, it becomes hard for them to leave.

As for why laws vs pimps are so lax, well, I suspect that has something to do with the patriarchy, but of course words like that are taboo on the Internet, because they mark you as a Feminazi who hates men. Even if you are a man.

Seriously, imagine if pimps were treated the way drug dealers are.


They weren't. FTFA: " Spanish police arrested 22 suspected pimps who allegedly used violence to force women into prostitution and tattooed them with bar codes as a sign of ownership, officials said Saturday. The women were tattooed on their wrists if they tried to escape, the statement said. The women were controlled at all times to ensure "money was taken off them immediately,"

Also, " Officers freed one 19-year-old woman who had been beaten, held against her will and tattooed with a bar code and an amount of money - €2,000 ($2,650) - which investigators believe was the debt the gang wished to extort before releasing her. The woman had also been whipped, chained to a radiator and had her hair and eyebrows shaved off."

Since the gang of men were from Romania, it's likely the women were kidnapped from their directly or tricked into going to Spain with false promises of a job, and then kidnapped once they were there and forced to be prostitutes. The 'debt' might be the fee they 'owed' for being brought to Spain in the first place, or someone in their family might have borrowed money from the mob and failed to pay up.
 
2012-03-25 05:47:59 AM  

Rik01: I've known some Professional Ladies of the night and understand why they do what they do. None had pimps at the time I knew them. None wanted pimps.

I had a hard time understanding why some will work willingly for a pimp, who by nature is a sadistic SOB and just simply needs to be shot and left in a field to rot. I also have a hard time understanding by most laws concerning pimps are pretty lax. It seems to take a lot to shove one behind bars for more than a few months unless they're caught with drugs, guns or committed a felonious act of violence.

One girl I knew had a boy friend who coaxed her into prostitution, which she didn't mind since she had kind of been doing something similar since she was about 13. However, eventually he started slapping her around and one time, he hit her so hard in the head with a broom handle as she ducked out the window of their room, that he caused brain damage.

He didn't care that he almost killed her.

When I came across her, I could tell something wasn't right about her and he was in jail on an unrelated charge for about 5 to 10 years. The brain damage put her on SSI, since she couldn't hold a job. She was waiting for him to get out, 'cause "he still loved her".

It took me a year to convince her she needed to start going out with other guys and when she did, she cut off contact with him real fast.

She still hooked now and then, but to supplement the $450 a month she got from Social Security Income and the $100 in food stamps. When he finally got out, she expected he'd show up, but his money-maker wasn't under his 'spell' any more.

Didn't matter. Within a year, he did something and wound up back in jail for 5 to 10. I think his pimping career is over.

Personally, I figure the cops should have just shot him the second time around.

//You have NO IDEA what it's like to receive an unexpected visit at your home by your prostitute friend, hauling along three of her pretty, independent prostitute girl friends -- and not being able to do a thing because of meds you're on. Even though they just dropped in to say hi.


Well, I have known a few ladies of negotiable affection, a few of whom had previously had pimps when they lived in more urban areas. I asked why, and they explained it along these lines: It's all about territory and protection. Prime streetwalking space is always at a premium, and where there's money to be made there's competition. When there's competition in illegal businesses things get ugly. If you have a strongarm there to shake a biatch who steps on his curb, you don't have to deal with that. He can also keep an eye out for non-paying, dirty, and violent tricks, and provide protection from them. You just have to pay him. This establishes a turf for the fledgling pimp which he can put other girls on without major conflict, as they are both working for him. He will usually come to consider himself to own not just a portion of the earnings, but the earner herself, which he starts to consider his product. He may try to recruit girls he can control more easily and get larger portions of the take from. Drugs help with this. If a girl tries to leave his employ, or fails hand over his cut (which may end up being all of it, in exchange for her daily crack rock) he will then beat them into submission, attempting to break their free will. The important psychological point here is that a pimp ceases (if he ever did) considering the prostitute a business partner, and considers them product, chattel, to be sold or broken as he sees fit. Not a person. The prostitute usually enters this relationship either for her own protection or in exchange for something he has (like drugs), but ends up owned by them.
Sometimes pimps come into it from the drug-dealing angle first. They sell a girl some dope, and she gets a front. She can't pay up, but is willing to put out. He may accept the deal, or may hook her up with somebody else who has the money she owes, but wants sex. This turns the dealer into a de-facto pimp. Perhaps she doesn't show up to the friend's place, and then the dealer is left having to hit a scandalous Ho

In the article, though, it seems to be more along the lines of syndicated sex-slavery. That's a horse of a different color. Women are kidnapped or diverted from illegal immigration conduits and ransomed back to their families for freedom. In the meantime, they are drugged or beaten into submission and rented out as sex slaves. A prostitute is selling it. These women seemed like they were being sold. Especially since the tattooed one had her ransom tatted below the bar code.



Also: In the comments FTA somebody says something along the lines of: "Maybe legalized prostitution is a bad idea?" I would like to note that I disagree. Unregulated legalized prostitution is a bad idea in an urban environment. Regulations can make a major difference.

Baaaaaaaaaaang
 
2012-03-25 05:49:35 AM  

Rik01: //You have NO IDEA what it's like to receive an unexpected visit at your home by your prostitute friend, hauling along three of her pretty, independent prostitute girl friends -- and not being able to do a thing because of meds you're on. Even though they just dropped in to say hi.


You're right. The Meds never stopped me.

i25.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-25 05:53:31 AM  
What'll these stupid foreigners do next?
 
2012-03-25 06:00:01 AM  
The only good wrist barcodes are the ones that say "Not Sure."

/not obscure
 
2012-03-25 06:03:58 AM  

Buffet: What'll these stupid foreigners do next?


It happens plenty in America too. Cubans and Hatians in Florida, Asians on the west coast, Latins anywhere a Coyote can sell them. Russians too. It's an effective business model.
 
2012-03-25 06:05:47 AM  

dopeydwarf: Genju: [t2.gstatic.com image 274x184]

You don't post a picture from the movie! Nobody likes that movie.


I do like that movie, it is high on my list of mindless action flicks to watch on a lazy afternoon
 
2012-03-25 06:33:52 AM  

cman: Lasers can remove the tattoo. Scaring, however, is a bit more difficult.


Perhaps a slatted chair would help.
 
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