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Pimping as a Practice in Medical Education

Anita Ravi, MD, MPH1
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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.
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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


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May 24, 2016
Douglas Reifler, MD
1Office of Student Affairs, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2016;315(20):2237. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1582.
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