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Prostitution difficult for women to escape

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Tineesha Lashun Howard, a.k.a. Yenesis Alfonzo (LVMPD) Tineesha Lashun Howard, a.k.a. Yenesis Alfonzo (LVMPD)
Ammar Harris shows off his cash in a video he posted. (LVMPD) Ammar Harris shows off his cash in a video he posted. (LVMPD)

The search continues for Ammar Harris, the man police believe opened fire on a Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip, setting in motion a chain of events that culminated with the deaths of three people.

Harris has a lengthy criminal history, and according to his Twitter account, ran prostitution businesses in Las Vegas and in Miami.

Police are also looking for Tineesha Lashun Howard, a person of interest police believe was in the Maserati when shots were fired. Her past includes a number of arrests for prostitution.

Prostitution can be difficult for some women to escape.

Before he was wanted for murder and the subject of a widespread manhunt, Harris wasn't shy about his lifestyle, posting pictures of cash, women and weapons online.

"In the hip-hop culture it is big to have the flash of the cash, the cars and the women all around you. That's part of the lifestyle," said pastor and advocate Chris Chapel.

Chapel has seen images similar to the ones posted by Harris before. He's dedicated to helping prostitutes escape the streets of Las Vegas, a city with one of the highest sex trafficking rates in the county.

Chapel said that while some women choose to become prostitutes, most are skillfully manipulated into falling in love with pimps and walking the streets.

"He romanced her, bought her nice clothes, hairdo - really wined and dined her and showed her an over-the-top form of love," Chapel speculated about Harris and Howard.

Chapel described the world of prostitutes and pimps as extremely violent and dangerous, a world threatening the lives of girls as young as 12. He referred to prostitutes as victims of mind games.

"A lot of torture, a lot of rape. If the girl doesn't bring in what the quota is, there is a beat down," he said.

Chapel said the game changed with the emergence of social media, which provides pimps a new avenue to manipulate women and boost their egos.

"It's like, I'm the man. I'm the one. You can't mess with me, I'm top dog," Chapel explained.

Chapel said it's not uncommon for a pimp to make between $500,000 and $1 million a year, without paying a dime in taxes.

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