Ron Polk, the son of an ex-pimp learned much about the trade from his father. Born in South Central Los Angeles, Ron became involved with gangs and drug dealing but always genuinely desired “going legit.” One day out of pure luck and with no formal education, he managed to find his way into the film industry. But the money didn’t flow immediately as expected so he employed his father’s teachings for one last ghetto business venture, running escort agencies. Although he only intended to do this until he started making enough money through filmmaking, the sex industry consumed him. A few trips to jail helped him realize his original goal but the more he followed society’s rules, the more he realized America and pimps controlled their subjects using similar methods. In To Pimp a Nation, Ron describes these similarities.