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(Mother Jones)   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   (motherjones.com) divider line 19
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2013-07-13 10:12:49 PM
8 votes:
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.
2013-07-14 02:18:31 AM
3 votes:

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 04:22:17 AM
2 votes:
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 02:11:59 AM
2 votes:
Lot lizards will give you something Ajax won't wash off.
2013-07-14 02:10:58 AM
2 votes:
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 12:53:29 AM
2 votes:

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.
2013-07-13 09:49:23 PM
2 votes:
I'd have gone with either the sad or sick tag.
2013-07-14 01:26:45 PM
1 votes:

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 11:33:17 AM
1 votes:

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 10:41:55 AM
1 votes:
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 08:51:52 AM
1 votes:

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 06:08:10 AM
1 votes:
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 03:33:02 AM
1 votes:
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2013-07-14 03:02:14 AM
1 votes:
"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 02:23:22 AM
1 votes:
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 12:53:24 AM
1 votes:
My google-fu is too weak to find a picture of Tricia Takanawa getting ready to sleep with Quagmire in her special sex report.
2013-07-13 10:39:26 PM
1 votes:
Lot lizards will roll you if they get a chance.
2013-07-13 09:54:02 PM
1 votes:
Looks like it could potentially turn into an interesting albeit bleak Doc after a little more polish.
2013-07-13 09:02:58 PM
1 votes:
Just to help you Farkers plan your summer travels.
 
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