Deshawn grew up in an abusive family where his father beat his mother and often slept with prostitutes. Attempting to escape his family situation, he started using drugs when he was 14. After getting into debt, drug dealers were after him for money and they said he could clear his debt if his girlfriend became a prostitute. Deshawn pleaded with his girlfriend, and eventually threatened her to become a prostitute.
Deshawn began trading his girlfriend for drugs. A few other women with drug debt became affiliated with him, and he now pimps for the four women.
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