While selling drugs may be lucrative for a gang, this activity often carries significant risk as stiff legal penalties and harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws exist.However, with pimping, gang members still make money while the prostitutes themselves bear the majority of the risk.Informing a pimp that one of his prostitutes has switched pimps is a professional courtesy, and any attempt to respond to this courtesy with violence will quickly get the violent pimp labeled a "Gorilla" or "Godzilla".Prostitutes who move between pimps often are labeled as a "Choosey Susie".Pimps may punish clients for physical abuse or failure to pay, and enforce exclusive rights to 'turf' where their prostitutes may advertise and operate with less competition.
Various UN commissions however have differing positions on the issue.Pimping has several benefits to the gang that the pimp belongs to.These benefits include helping the gang recruit new members because the gang has women available for sex and the money brought in by prostitution allows gang members to buy cars, clothes and weapons, all of which help to recruit younger members into the gang by increasing the reputation of the gang in the local gang subculture.It is believed to have stemmed from the French infinitive pimper meaning to dress up elegantly and from the present participle pimpant meaning alluring in seductive dress. In the first years of the 21st century, a new meaning of the word has emerged in the form of a transitive verb pimp, which means "to decorate" or "to gussy up" (compare primp, especially in Scottish usage).Pimp used as a verb, meaning to act as a pimp, first appeared in 1636 in Massinger's book, The Bashful Lover. This new definition was made popular by Pimp My Ride, an MTV television show. The least respected, or newer pimps, are the "popcorn pimps" and "wannabes".In addition, a prostitute may "bounce" from pimp to pimp without paying the "pimp moving" tax.