I just read a fascinating social science article in SciAm (the April 2002 issue I think). It's about how slavery, such as prostitution, still exists nowadays in various forms. Contrary to popular opinion, prostitutes are not avaricious women out for money and nothing else. They are broken minds who have been psychologically exploited by their employers (also known as pimps Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!), and they both create an insiduous mutual dependence. Hard to believe, but a slave is NOT some recalcitrant and indomitable soul who will run the first chance he/she gets. A slave has been psychologically changed to the degree that some pimps can let women out to visit familiy and friends, because they always come back to work. They are adept at creating insecurity and dependence in these poor women, and they do it in many ways, such as social values or religion. They constantly put so called 'debts' on these women, charge outrageous rents on the rooms they use, and take 100% of the women's profits. They cite religion, etc to tell them that they must work hard and please their customers or their parents will suffer, they committed heinous crimes in a previous life so they must do this. Etc etc. Any thoughts? Social scientists are baffled (no wonder, this field is highly underdevelped, and there is a palpable paucity of scientists working out in the fields to do large scale research). Comments?