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How A Former Pimp, Activist Is Working To Combat Sex Trafficking In San Diego

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Cover of the new book "Raised in Pimp City" by Armand King.

A former pimp turned activist is on a mission to stop sex trafficking on the streets of San Diego.

In his new book, "Raised in Pimp City: The Uncut Truth About Domestic Human Sex Trafficking," Armand King shares his experience with the hope it could help keep young people from going down the same path and help women find a way out.

"I got involved because that was the end thing. I didn't like it, it wasn't something we thought was the best for our life. But out of our current options, at life and success, that seemed like the best option," said King, co-founder of the nonprofit, Paving Great Futures.

Paving Great Futures is also hosting a series of discussions at Bayview Baptist Church to talk about the impact of sex trafficking on communities of color and specifically what King calls "urban sex trafficking."

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The proceeds of the book are going to local groups working to help women in the sex-trafficking industry. The Paving Great Futures discussion series starts Tuesday and runs through January at Bayview Baptist Church.

King joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to share his story.

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Armand King is sharing his experience in his new book, "Raised in Pimp City," to keep young people from going down the wrong path and help women find a way out. He's also moderating a series of discussions on ways to address the problem.

Aired: October 29, 2019 | Transcript

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