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2013-07-13 09:02:58 PM  
Just to help you Farkers plan your summer travels.
 
2013-07-13 09:49:23 PM  
I'd have gone with either the sad or sick tag.
 
2013-07-13 09:54:02 PM  
Looks like it could potentially turn into an interesting albeit bleak Doc after a little more polish.
 
2013-07-13 10:12:49 PM  
When I lived in Easthampton, we realized that our local laundromat had its own hooker. She'd do laundry six, seven times a week. Always in there. Men would come in, they'd load up their laundry, and their wife's as well, and possibly even the kids', and then they'd roll off with her, and then be back in time to put everything into the dryer, and then maybe run down to the bar after. Took us some time to pick up on it, but she had regulars, and as a pick up spot, it wasn't bad. She wasn't exactly what you'd call a looker, but comes down to it, if you're looking for some quick strange, and you're in a laundromat, pickings aren't exactly prime. Cops weren't looking to bust in on a laundromat, and I suspect she probably had an agreement or two with the local cops.

Easthampton, Mass isn't exactly a bustling metropolis, but working girls are pretty much everywhere. In Northampton, there are always street kids who are hustling something, and if they get caught, most of them are just taken across the Holyoke town line and dumped there, rather than go to the trouble of busting them, and they do the same with the homeless folks, rather than take them to a local shelter when it get full.

Phoenix? Cripes, the first restaurant I worked at out there had call girls who arranged to meet clients there, and negotiate price and evaluate clients over dinner, and the owner got a few points off every meeting for the service, and the security that came with the Biltmore.

Legalize it already. Legalize it, organize, and get the pimps out of the game, and the cops out of the business of running their own games as well with the working girls and boys. Safer for the working girls, safer for the customers, and at least get some tax revenue coming in, as opposed to skim for dirty cops.
 
2013-07-13 10:39:26 PM  
Lot lizards will roll you if they get a chance.
 
2013-07-14 12:53:24 AM  
My google-fu is too weak to find a picture of Tricia Takanawa getting ready to sleep with Quagmire in her special sex report.
 
2013-07-14 12:53:29 AM  

quatchi: Looks like it could potentially turn into an interesting albeit bleak Doc after a little more polish.


It's already getting thumbs up

fta We recently screened the film as a work-in-progress at the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival in order to solicit feedback and wound up winning the Audience Award.
 
2013-07-14 02:10:03 AM  
Hmmmm, I'm reminded of the movie "Butterfly Kisses" now.
 
2013-07-14 02:10:58 AM  
Let's take this exit and pull up to this truck stop across the highway to have an inside look at the dark world of truck stop sex workers

Howabout let's not.
 
2013-07-14 02:11:58 AM  
Gawd, please be no pics of the "talent"
 
2013-07-14 02:11:59 AM  
Lot lizards will give you something Ajax won't wash off.
 
2013-07-14 02:12:55 AM  
My last duplex neighbor was a prostitute. Not my type looks-wise or else I may have paid her a visit on a lonely night.
 
2013-07-14 02:18:31 AM  

Revek: Lot lizards will roll you if they get a chance.


I vaguely dated a girl who worked for a trucking company.  She introduced me to the term "lot lizards".  Apparently, at truck stops, you can buy a sticker with a lizard in a circle/line which means you don't want lizards knocking on your door.

She also told me about having to fire not one, but two drivers for having a working meth lab in their rig.
 
2013-07-14 02:23:22 AM  
tripleseven: Revek: Lot lizards will roll you if they get a chance.

I vaguely dated a girl who worked for a trucking company.  She introduced me to the term "lot lizards".  Apparently, at truck stops, you can buy a sticker with a lizard in a circle/line which means you don't want lizards knocking on your door.

She also told me about having to fire not one, but two drivers for having a working meth lab in their rig.


Well if you listen to the CB in a truckstop there are all kinds of folks selling meth(and whores)
 
2013-07-14 02:28:00 AM  
woman in the picture looks like, in a different life, she might have actually been somewhat attractive.  Sad life, anyway.
 
2013-07-14 02:51:25 AM  
Lot lizards?
 
2013-07-14 03:02:14 AM  
"Jennifer, an ex-addict and single mother who recently quit prostitution, struggles to maintain her sobriety. She buys a house but can't find a job. "

How did that happen?
 
2013-07-14 03:11:26 AM  
Jennifer, an ex-addict and single mother who recently quit prostitution, struggles to maintain her sobriety. She buys a house

I'm in the wrong damn line of work.
 
2013-07-14 03:33:02 AM  
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2013-07-14 03:58:07 AM  

jaylectricity: My google-fu is too weak to find a picture of Tricia Takanawa getting ready to sleep with Quagmire in her special sex report.


She would be a 'rot rizard'.

I agree with Hubie regarize it arleady.

Damn! Now I can't turn it off.

/Thanks alot Jay!
 
2013-07-14 04:22:17 AM  
In my time on the road, I never bothered with the "no lot lizard" stickers.  I've never had anyone just walk up and knock on my door.  If I'm sitting in the driver's seat with the window down, then yes, I've had people approach me offering everything from gallons of oil obviously jacked from other trucks to offers to clean my cab, to panhandlers (and yes, I can be a bit of a soft touch...I've had some hard times myself and don't mind helping out even those with a fairly obvious substance abuse problem).  On the other hand, I also avoid truck stops that are well known magnets for criminal activity, which includes prostitution.

I have sometimes seen the lot lizards at work.  Usually accompanying other drivers back to their trucks.  All of them female.

As I'm gay, I've never had any desire to engage their services myself.  I don't look down on drivers who do though.  It can be a lonely job, and I've been driven to fire up Growlr or Scruff on my phone now and then to find some company myself.

It's actually one thing I really like about the job.  It gives me serious "there but for the grace of God" moments fairly often.  Keeps me from getting airs.
 
2013-07-14 04:29:10 AM  
Corydon:

As I'm gay, I've never had any desire to engage their services myself.  I don't look down on drivers who do though.  It can be a lonely job, and I've been driven to fire up Growlr or Scruff on my phone now and then to find some company myself.


I'd imagine as a gay you have about as much use for a female lot lizard as a strait like myself has for a male lot lizard. I know LA always had a lot of gay lot lizards. Its like buddy you have nothing I'm interested in.
 
2013-07-14 06:08:10 AM  
yeah... except the middle link (the only one I actually read) features two truckers saying they've never even SEEN one of these women which the author is  no doubt trying to manufacture a national emergency over.  I've never seen one.   Just like underage sex workers that are supposed to be on every corner of LA and Vegas, the only place this problem really exists is in the pages of a writer trying to gin up an article out of smoke and mirrors.
If you've been a trucker for over a year and you've never run into a prostitute in a truck stop, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as they'd like to make it seem.
 
2013-07-14 06:08:55 AM  

Corydon: In my time on the road, I never bothered with the "no lot lizard" stickers.  I've never had anyone just walk up and knock on my door.  If I'm sitting in the driver's seat with the window down, then yes, I've had people approach me offering everything from gallons of oil obviously jacked from other trucks to offers to clean my cab, to panhandlers (and yes, I can be a bit of a soft touch...I've had some hard times myself and don't mind helping out even those with a fairly obvious substance abuse problem).  On the other hand, I also avoid truck stops that are well known magnets for criminal activity, which includes prostitution.

I have sometimes seen the lot lizards at work.  Usually accompanying other drivers back to their trucks.  All of them female.

As I'm gay, I've never had any desire to engage their services myself.  I don't look down on drivers who do though.  It can be a lonely job, and I've been driven to fire up Growlr or Scruff on my phone now and then to find some company myself.

It's actually one thing I really like about the job.  It gives me serious "there but for the grace of God" moments fairly often.  Keeps me from getting airs.


The lot lizards or the truck drivers?
 
2013-07-14 06:31:16 AM  

dig420: except the middle link (the only one I actually read) features two truckers saying they've never even SEEN one of these women which the author is  no doubt trying to manufacture a national emergency over.  I've never seen one.   Just like underage sex workers that are supposed to be on every corner of LA and Vegas, the only place this problem really exists is in the pages of a writer trying to gin up an article out of smoke and mirrors.
If you've been a trucker for over a year and you've never run into a prostitute in a truck stop, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as they'd like to make it seem.


Yeah, I saw the linked site is an "Anti-Trafficking!" hype place.  But I once stayed in a hotel across from the truck stops of West Memphis, Arkansas.  And, holy shiat, there were so many hookers in the parking lot.  They were scurrying around like ants.  Luckily, they weren't allowed in my Days Inn.
 
2013-07-14 07:10:46 AM  
sad.
 
2013-07-14 07:19:39 AM  

dig420: yeah... except the middle link (the only one I actually read) features two truckers saying they've never even SEEN one of these women which the author is  no doubt trying to manufacture a national emergency over.  I've never seen one.   Just like underage sex workers that are supposed to be on every corner of LA and Vegas, the only place this problem really exists is in the pages of a writer trying to gin up an article out of smoke and mirrors.
If you've been a trucker for over a year and you've never run into a prostitute in a truck stop, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as they'd like to make it seem.


There's a British porn board (known as bgafd) and the boards are kind of a fun read, but one thing that appears is something from a porn worker who has been contacted by a producer of a TV show and in every single case, the advice given is never to talk to them, as they have nothing but an anti-porn agenda and will always extract as much negative coverage from you as they can.
 
2013-07-14 07:42:55 AM  
When you're a driver, you see some strange things on those dark desert highways.

/Cool wind in my hair.
 
2013-07-14 07:54:21 AM  
Ew. Dirty trucker peener.
 
2013-07-14 08:01:44 AM  

Life_is_a_carnivore: Ew. Dirty trucker peener.


Ew.  Dirty hooker vagoo.
 
2013-07-14 08:41:04 AM  

Rhino_man: Life_is_a_carnivore: Ew. Dirty trucker peener.

Ew.  Dirty hooker vagoo.


Touche.
 
2013-07-14 08:50:47 AM  

dig420: yeah... except the middle link (the only one I actually read) features two truckers saying they've never even SEEN one of these women which the author is  no doubt trying to manufacture a national emergency over.  I've never seen one.   Just like underage sex workers that are supposed to be on every corner of LA and Vegas, the only place this problem really exists is in the pages of a writer trying to gin up an article out of smoke and mirrors.
If you've been a trucker for over a year and you've never run into a prostitute in a truck stop, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as they'd like to make it seem.


TFA says most truck stops were clean. Seems if you're a trucker and want a lot lizard you have to know which stops are shady.
 
2013-07-14 08:51:52 AM  

Life_is_a_carnivore: Ew. Dirty trucker peener.


yeah something tells me these guys get their rig washed more often than themselves. And we're talking about guys who take a whizz in a Mountain Dew bottle when they can't make it to the next rest stop in time.
 
2013-07-14 09:54:17 AM  
"making the movie was a really traumatic experience. I suspect I may have developed some mild PTSD." "what Perlman captures in Lot Lizard is visceral and harrowing." "Betty and Monica are addicted to crack, Monica is homeless"

There is absolutely no agenda to this article at all.

/If stimulants stronger than coffee were legal, there'd be no crackwhores and methwhores, just whores who do what they want because they want to.
 
2013-07-14 10:11:36 AM  
Floyd Tucker approves of this thread, but cannot participate on account of his cholesterol being what it is.
 
2013-07-14 10:35:51 AM  

foxyshadis: "making the movie was a really traumatic experience. I suspect I may have developed some mild PTSD." "what Perlman captures in Lot Lizard is visceral and harrowing." "Betty and Monica are addicted to crack, Monica is homeless"

There is absolutely no agenda to this article at all.

/If stimulants stronger than coffee prostitution were legal, there'd be no crackwhores and methwhores, just whores who do what they want because they want to.


FTFY.
 
2013-07-14 10:36:16 AM  

Waldo Pepper: CognaciousThunk: Life_is_a_carnivore: Ew. Dirty trucker peener.

yeah something tells me these guys get their rig washed more often than themselves. And we're talking about guys who take a whizz in a Mountain Dew bottle when they can't make it to the next rest stop in time.

actually i believe the favor gatorade bottles due to the larger opening on the bottle.


Plus Gatorade bottles are shaped more than a bit like a cawk, which probably excites them.
 
2013-07-14 10:38:31 AM  

Waldo Pepper: CognaciousThunk: Life_is_a_carnivore: Ew. Dirty trucker peener.

yeah something tells me these guys get their rig washed more often than themselves. And we're talking about guys who take a whizz in a Mountain Dew bottle when they can't make it to the next rest stop in time.

actually i believe the favor gatorade bottles due to the larger opening on the bottle.


High Def Piss Jugs. Ask Ray, he knows about the way of the road Bubs...
 
2013-07-14 10:41:55 AM  
I've seen two lot lizard in a year and a half. One was a hottie coed that was intercepted by management as soon as management saw her. The other was in Denver and not actually in the truck stop, the security guard there said that if she stepped foot on their property she would go back to jail for trespassing.

We don't even have truck stops anymore. We have travel centers, and they try to attract families on vacation. So non family friendly entertainment is rare these days.
 
2013-07-14 10:59:41 AM  
Sex 'workers' ...?

Jebus Farking booha, sex worker???

You mean whore? You afraid of using the correct term whore? Prostitute? Mudder Jones has to go with  sex worker? What is this, Denmark?
 
2013-07-14 11:07:54 AM  
Those wooded roads in Europe. Had to explain to the family what these ladies were seeking.


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2013-07-14 11:33:17 AM  

Revek: Lot lizards will roll you if they get a chance.


^^^This.

My ex-girlfriend's dad had a 'No Lot Lizards' sticker on his truck. I, being young and ignorant about the subject, asked what it was and why. He explained it and added, 'They're thieves as well. They have a hard life, and will rob you blind if you ain't careful. It's easier to avoid them.'
 
2013-07-14 11:41:31 AM  

theorellior: Hmmmm, I'm reminded of the movie "Butterfly Kisses" now.


I'm reminded of the movie/book The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.

Mmmm lot lizards.
 
2013-07-14 12:02:57 PM  
Myself, two cousins and an uncle own nine truck stops on major routes in Canada and the US,  "Lot Lizards" are like bigfoot:  You hear about them a lot, but I have yet to see one....
 
2013-07-14 12:21:54 PM  
I assume the truck stop sex workers look like Danny DeVito


// I'm sure there's a market for that
 
2013-07-14 12:21:58 PM  

BitwiseShift: Those wooded roads in Europe. Had to explain to the family what these ladies were seeking.


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In France they have their own vans, they even turn on the red light at night.
 
2013-07-14 01:00:37 PM  
dig420:
If you've been a trucker for over a year and you've never run into a prostitute in a truck stop, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as they'd like to make it seem.

Well they don't knock doors as much as people let on, but if you have your CB on while parked in a truck stop there are plenty of them soliciting.
 
2013-07-14 01:26:45 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: Sex 'workers' ...?

Jebus Farking booha, sex worker???

You mean whore? You afraid of using the correct term whore? Prostitute? Mudder Jones has to go with  sex worker? What is this, Denmark?


Eh, people have been saying that forever. Besides, there has to be a term that goes beyond "person who takes your money and then lets you put your penis in her" to include the other types of people in the sex industry--adult film actors, strippers, escorts, dominatrixes (or is it dominatrices?) and so forth. It gets a little cumbersome just to say "all those dirty nasty horrible people who I certainly do not spend half my day thinking about but they're all WHOOOOOOOOOOORES even if they're not standing on street corners in those tight little miniskirts where you can practically see everything."

I like your intensity on the subject, though. ;)
 
2013-07-14 02:20:17 PM  

Waldo Pepper: Equilibrist: Just to help you Farkers plan your summer travels.

judging from some of the funny comments on that board i'm thinking some farkers are truckers

http://www.thetruckersreport.com/truckingindustryforum/questions-to- tr uckers-from-general-public/78392-lot-lizards-5.html


Funny one from the site - {cut & pasta}
I was in chicago one night after my delivery I stopped at a hot dog joint on cicero ave, got my order to go, got in the truck and started to leave when a hooker jumped up on the passenger side of the truck and asked me if I wanted some company, I said no as I shifted into 2nd and told her to get off my truck, unsatisfied with my answer she then said well give me some french fries then, I said NO (I was hungry) as I grabbed 3rd gear, I then explained to her that we were approaching 30 miles per hour munching on my fries, she looked at the ground, jumped off did 2 perfect somersaults landed on her feet and flipped me the bird. they must go through training,
 
2013-07-14 02:26:50 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: whore?


They both make a living in their bare feet
Catching one is like a treat
They both hang out right there by the Shell

They both walk slow a simple pace
Both afraid to show their face
But only one has a built-in place to hide

Turtles and whores
Turtles and whores
I love them, turtles and whores
 
2013-07-14 02:45:25 PM  

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2013-07-14 03:29:25 PM  

Oldiron_79: dig420:
If you've been a trucker for over a year and you've never run into a prostitute in a truck stop, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as they'd like to make it seem.

Well they don't knock doors as much as people let on, but if you have your CB on while parked in a truck stop there are plenty of them soliciting.


Also any seedy motel in the middle of nowhere will be lighting up the CB like a wildfire. It can be incredibly annoying if you aren't in the market, but then again CB is often annoying if you aren't bored and easily amused.
 
2013-07-14 04:06:46 PM  
I drove a truck for about 5 years, 04-09, over the road.  For the most part you don't get any trouble out of the hookers, it was actually pretty rare to have them knock on my door but it did happen every now and then.  I always assumed that they developed an instinct for who would take them up on it or not.  But I can still name all the places I had them knock on my door.  Evansville, IN, Toledo, OH, Chattanooga, TN, Gary, IN, Harvey, IL,  Hartford, CT and....

The greatest CSB of a Pavement Princess encounter I have ever heard, and happened to me.

2 a.m. I was coming across I-10 to deliver at a pipe yard in Houston, TX.  Stopped at a pretty seedy looking truck stop in Baytown, just east of Houston and found a parking spot to sit and wait for my delivery time (The pipe yard was in a rough part of town, more rough than the truck stop so I didn't want to wait there for the place to open at 8).  Soon as I set my brakes in the lot I got that knock on the door, rolled the window down and there was an average looking blonde there, glass eyed, obviously farked up on somethin.  She asked if I wanted company, I said no thanks and rolled my window back up.  Hopped in the bunk and went to sleep.

Couldn't have been out for 10 minutes before I got another knock on the door, hopped back in the driver seat, and there's the same woman, so farked up she doesn't remember knockin on my door 15 minutes ago.  I tell her no thanks again and go back to sleep.  She farkin comes back AGAIN, this time I hop up, roll the window down and cuss her like a dog.  She flips me the bird and walks away, and I never see her again.

I wake up at about 6 a.m. walk into the truck stop to grab some coffee, and as I am walking back out I look at the front of my truck and my jaw drops.  Both my steer tires are flat.  I get up to the drivers door wondering what the hell happened and look at the tire and the valve stems have been cut.  Same thing with the other 16 tires on the truck too.  Biatch cut the valve stem on every one of my tires.  I still think it was odd that I didn't wake up for that, it's not exactly quiet when you let the air out of those tires.

Waited till the boss would be in the office and called, had all new (recaps except for the front axle) tires put on, delivered, got routed back to the home terminal and was fired as soon as I walked in the door.

Moral of the story is....be nice to the hookers if your gonna be there for any length of time.
 
2013-07-14 04:41:59 PM  
"Lot Lizard" sounds trashy, I prefer "Sleeper Leaper".
 
2013-07-14 05:29:05 PM  

CrissX: had all new (recaps except for the front axle) tires put on,


If just the valves were cut and you had new tires put on, then why should you not have been fired?
 
2013-07-14 08:06:36 PM  

wambu: CrissX: had all new (recaps except for the front axle) tires put on,

If just the valves were cut and you had new tires put on, then why should you not have been fired?


Bosses call for the new tires, road assistance guy said it wasn't fixable.  Maybe some guy decided it was a good time to milk that company.  Who knows?  I certainly wasn't allowed to authorize maintenance on the vehicle without company approval.  And on top of all that, they SHOULD have fired me and probably before that happened, I hated that line of work with a passion I can't describe, just needed the money at the time.  My attitude while doing that job sucked and it showed.

I didn't mean to make it sound like they were some god awful company that fired me for no reason.  Guess I didn't exactly spell that out in the post.
 
2013-07-14 09:14:40 PM  

TheBlackFlag: Myself, two cousins and an uncle own nine truck stops on major routes in Canada and the US,  "Lot Lizards" are like bigfoot:  You hear about them a lot, but I have yet to see one....


Really? What's your cut of their take?
 
2013-07-14 11:43:23 PM  
tripleseven:She also told me about having to fire not one, but two drivers for having a working meth lab in their rig.

How many meth labs were not working?
 
2013-07-15 12:05:13 AM  
I've picked up two hitch-hikers in the last 30 years and both were disasters: A couple of years ago, I was driving along and this "girl" in a tank top and short short runs to the side of the road and starts flagging cars down. I stop and pick "her" up to see what was going on. It was a male prostitute and it looked like he had just given someone a blow job. He was upset, high on something as he giggled for no reason and asked to be taken to the nearest truck stop to get out of this town. If you ever wanted to see the definition of skank that was him. I gave him a ride to the nearest truck stop which happened to be on my way and hosed down the interior of my cab.

The first time, I picked up a hitch-hiker just outside of the local penitentiary for some conversation on the 90 minute drive back to the city where I was flying out of the country for a week. Well it ended up, he had just escaped from the pen and didn't feel like talking much. I dropped him off and found out that the authorities caught him a couple of days later but couldn't figure out how he got to the city...
 
2013-07-15 12:09:25 AM  
Friends of the road.
 
2013-07-15 11:25:17 AM  

foxyshadis: Oldiron_79: dig420:
If you've been a trucker for over a year and you've never run into a prostitute in a truck stop, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as they'd like to make it seem.

Well they don't knock doors as much as people let on, but if you have your CB on while parked in a truck stop there are plenty of them soliciting.

Also any seedy motel in the middle of nowhere will be lighting up the CB like a wildfire. It can be incredibly annoying if you aren't in the market, but then again CB is often annoying if you aren't bored and easily amused.


So it's exactly like the internet?
 
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