The character Dezi in “Speaking in Tongues” seemed like a good guy to start. He saw Tia sitting alone in McDonald’s and left money to pay for her meal. Dezi figured out that Tia had no where to go, and offered her a place to stay and fix her wound she got after sleeping in an unlocked car the night before. When they arrived at the apartment, he handed out money to all of the little kids harassing him.
After a while, Dezi’s charm began to wear off and we found out his true motives for being nice. The whole time Dezi was just trying to get Tia to become one of his prostitutes. He had told Tia she was beautiful to try to lure her to his apartment. When he gave money to the kids he was probably just paying them to keep their mouths shut about his true intentions. Tia almost left once, but was easily lured back with roses. When they returned home after that, Dezi tried to rape her.
I think Dezi’s behavior was a regular routine for him. He preyed on desperate girls like Tia who had just run away from home and had no money. Dezi offered her a place to stay, and it was hard to turn down. His eventual goal was to make her work as one of his prostitutes. Other clues that this was a routine were that he told her that he liked to take care of girls like her. The kids said that Dezi had a new woman when he first brought Tia home. Also, the prostitutes were willing to help Tia get out probably because Dezi had did the same trick to them, and they were trying to stop it from happening again.