Who is Rocky in "The Color of Water" and what did he train Ruth for?

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Ruth started working as a manicurist at Rocky's barbershop, but he exposed her to life in nightclubs and to prostitutes. He intended to make Ruth into a prostitute. Fortunately, Ruth went to Dennis McBride to find out news of her family. He told her that Rocky was really a pimp who wanted to turn her into a prostitute. Dennis didn't judge Ruth for her relationship with Rocky, but he did show his disappointment. Ruth was impressed by Dennis" feelings and went back to live with her grandmother.