‘Crown’ Tattoos Being Forced on Women Across the US. If You See One, Here’s the Disturbing Meaning
For thousands of women across the United States their tattoos are a constant reminder of the men who enslaved them for profit. Sex trafficking in the United States affects countless women, and many are left with the scars and marks of their former pimps.
A CNN interview with a victim and survivor of sexual slavery and addiction named Jennifer Kempton helped shed light on these tattoos.
Each of Jennifer’s tattoos mark her as property of a pimp:
Other women like Jennifer were forced into prostitution at a young age, some as young as 12 or 13. The pimps typically get them addicted to drugs so they cannot leave or provide for themselves.
The crown is typically used to symbolize a pimp:
Jennifer explained how her new organization, Survivor’s Ink, helps cover up those visible scars for women who are recovering from sexual slavery:
“It very much so is a psychological form of bondage”
“It ties you to those memories and it ties you to those feelings that you felt when you got that and to be able to be free of enslavement and then to make an active choice of, ”This is what I want on my body, not this man’s name or this gang’s symbol, I want my daughter’s name, I want a beautiful flower, I want a religious scripture, I want a butterfly to show that I have wings, and I can fly.'”