Let’s Get REAL About Lot Lizards

Let’s Get REAL About Lot Lizards
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We’d love to tell you that a “lot lizard” is just another kind of pet that you can take with you on the road. Imagine taking a look at your friend’s new rig only to find a cool little terrarium in the sleeper. As neat as it would be to haul with a reptile, the truth behind this term is much more sobering. And if you’re a truck driver, it’s pretty hard to escape this phenomenon. Today, we’ll explore what you need to know about lot lizards as a truck driver and why their work can be dangerous for everyone involved. We’ll also talk about some of the ways that you can protect vulnerable people from being forced into this line of work. So, continue reading as we take a serious look at lot lizards.

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What Truck Drivers Need to Know About Lot Lizards

The first step in combatting any issue is educating people about the problem. So, let’s start by tackling what lot lizards are and why they are still seen at truck stops.

What are Lot Lizards?

For those of you who are new to trucking, lot lizards are prostitutes who work in truck stops and rest areas. These men and women often solicit truckers over CB radio by offering services such as “commercial company” or “40-60-80,” which means $40 for oral sex, $60 for sex, and $80 for both. They can also be seen walking between parked rigs looking for customers. This practice is most common at night, but it can still happen during the day as well. Flashing your lights if you see one of these people walk by serves as an invitation for them to come up to your truck.

Why Do Truck Drivers Turn to Lot Lizards?

We all know that the trucking lifestyle can be lonely. This is the main reason why lot lizards remain in truck stops across America. Drivers are looking for company! While living life behind the wheel can be challenging, there are many other ways you can combat loneliness on the road, aside from lot lizards. Luckily, we have plenty of resources for you! You can read about adjusting to the trucker lifestyle, recognizing and remedying depression, avoiding burnout, reducing stress, and many other topics on our blog. There’s also the option of reaching out to other drivers in-person or online to learn about how they deal with these hardships. You may find that talking to someone who understands where you’re coming from is helpful in itself.

The Perils of Parking Lot Prostitution 

Regardless how you feel about lot lizards, prostitution is illegal. Oftentimes, the perils of this practice increase when it takes place on the open road. Here are a few reasons why it’s dangerous for all parties involved.

Dangers for Truckers

Seeking out “commercial company” could prove to be harmful and even dangerous for truck drivers. In some cases, these prostitutes are used to case your rig so that they and their cohorts can engage in cargo theft. In this case, they could also be targeting your personal belongings. Another hazard would be engaging with a prostitute who is using or selling drugs, underaged, or undercover. You could very well lose your license if an officer catches you with someone like this. A final reason that you should avoid lot lizards is that you have no idea what you are exposing yourself to. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur each year in America. To put it plainly, you could be putting yourself at risk by engaging with these individuals. You have to ask yourself this question: Is it really worth your health, your job, or even your freedom?

Dangers for Solicitors

Most people see lot lizards as nuisances and degenerates. But, it’s important to remember that most of these people feel as though they have no other options. Some suffer from drug addictions, some are homeless, and others take an interest in the prospect of quick cash. However, there is an alarming number of lot lizards that had no choice in the matter at all. Human trafficking is a major issue in the United States. Every day, young or vulnerable people fall prey to abusive pimps. These pimps manipulate them into working, take all their profits, and threaten harm to them and their family if they try to escape.

The harsh reality about sex workers that target drivers at truck stops is that many of them are victims of modern-day slavery. You can hear one person’s personal story here:

As mentioned in the interview above, organizations such as Truckers Against Trafficking exist to help truck drivers join the fight against sex trafficking.

Human Trafficking | Red Flags to Look For

According to Truckers Against Trafficking, there are red flags you should be on the lookout for as a trucker. These red flags can be found when people:

  • Lack knowledge of their whereabouts
  • Are not in control of their ID/passport
  • Have restricted or controlled communication
  • Use CB radio to talk about “commercial company”
  • Flash their lights to signal a “buyer” location
  • Acknowledge a pimp and making a quota
  • Have signs of branding or tattooing of a trafficker’s name (often found on the neck)
  • Are seen in a van, RV, or another vehicle that seems out of place by the other trucks
  • Are seen dropping someone off by a truck and picking them up shortly after

These are just a few signs that you should report. If you are witnessing a crime while it’s in-progress, call 911 and then call the Truckers Against Trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888. If you are at a truck stop or any other place of business, you should also inform the manager on duty of the activity so that they can take proper action. It is very important that you do not approach traffickers. Once you make a report, you should wait for law enforcement to handle the situation and recover the victims. As truck drivers, you are the eyes and ears of the road. And together, you can make a difference in fighting human trafficking!

How else can we make truck stops more safe for everyone? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Shedding Light on Lot Lizards

The creators behind the 2016 film Lot Lizard hope to shed some light on the world of lot lizards. You can watch the film online to get a better idea of what these men and women face on a daily basis and what leads them to pursue this lifestyle.

Author: Hit The Road Jack

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  1. What about the female truck stop employee’s that”date” drivers? I think thats pretty common as well.

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    • I’ve been in the trucking industry for over 20 years yes it was quite bad in the 90s but now most of it is gone you hardly even see them anymore

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      • Really? That’s good to know, right?

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  2. My husband just called me about one asking if he was married. She/he tried opening his door and he grabbed the handle and slammed and locked it. Twenty minutes later another knock on door. He contacted store and store says they will have police come out in unmarked car. Its sickening how these people stoop themselves this low.

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    • What state was this in? I hear about all kinds of stories

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  3. I have a friend who meets women online who are also lot lizards. They look.for company on craigslist and other dating sites. They pose as just looking to hook up, dating. … well this man kept hooking up with the same women, come to find out she had HIV and cuts on her tongue. He used condoms, but when they were done her piercing ripped the condom. You just never know what is going to happen. If you are married, stay Faithful! If you are bored, lonely and just looking make sure you know what you are getting into. Sad sad world.

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    • If you’re married you don’t need to be cheating on your wife anyway. Get her on the truck if possible its to dangerous having prostitutes out at these truck stops. Its bad enough if you’re in a relationship with someone you can’t trust.

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  4. Lot Lizards are the BEST!!! Great people. Wonderful service. I wish they had a Yelp page…

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      • If a trucker receives calls from a number like this 0000-008-8811 would it be for sex services.

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        • I agree, a long day of dealing with stupid ass drivers in all vehicles. It would be nice to let out so frustrations.

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        • No ma’am that’s a telemarketer and that are annoying.

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  5. I have had two knock on my door. One at Flying J in Tulsa OK. and one at Loves in San Antonio TX.

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  6. Personally, I think this is an important subject to tackle and a discussion worth having. So I decided to jump in and give a slightly different perspective than some of the usual ideas many have about Lot Lizards. Being a young male who has often spent time with other males who are on the road truckers, talking with them, occasionally riding with them, and “servicing their needs” I have gained some first hand knowledge of the inherent risks and troubles associated with “Lot Lizards.” I can only speak for myself though. I spend a lot of time at rest stops and in the cabs of semi’s because I truly enjoy it. No one forces me. I don’t work for anyone in that way. I don’t do it for money nor for drugs. I also would never ever harm anyone or steal from them. I have no communicable diseases and am very proactive about being checked on a regular basis. I owe that to myself and others because I am very sexually active. I realize that most overnight and momentary friends of truckers fit the descriptions given in the above peice but I just wanted to remind all you guys out there and everyone else that there are some of us who are just having fun. Meeting an ongoing and obvious need or at the least a want of many drivers out there. Not making it out to be something serious but always trying to keep the activitiy helpful and lighthearted. One of the reasons I even began this night time and occasional daytime journey of rest areas, off ramps, and truck stops was because I grew up in the late 90’s in a small town in the south where being gay was something to be kept secret. There was no real nightlife so to speak of at least not for guys interested in guys so looking for pleasure and company became an act of sneaking around. By chance one night I was out for a drive on a stretch of interstate and a trucker managed to get my attention and I got his too and what happened on a dark deserted off ramp in middle of nowhere Tennessee was a very fun time with a very nice and very appreciative guy. It all seemed so easy as well as exciting and a whole new world was opened up to me. I didn’t seek out this type of behavior. Instead it found it’s way to me by way of blinking headlights, the sound of a horn, and eventually an open door to the rig which aroused a mouthwatering curiosity in me. Now, on a regular basis, I look forward to all my guys who come through the area and they look forward to seeing me. It breaks up the monoteny of their long road trips. I also constantly get to meet new firends. Some just for a little while and others becoming long time buddies. Things are slowly changing though. These days with camaras everywhere, and tracking on rigs, and in an effort to make things safer, a more aggressive approach from law enforcement, rendevous such as this are becoming more difficult. In some ways that may be a good thing. I for one though like what I do and would hate to see it be completely eradicated. I dare say there are many truckers who feel the same. In the meantime I continue to go out cruising around making sure I’m being seen and having fun. That’s what it’s all about. No drugs. No drama. Just milking some good times out of the night. Be careful out there everyone. Have fun and remember to thank a trucker.

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    • I love the way you wrote about your experiences. Have you written about this anywhere else? Probably a year-and-a-half too late for a followup, but worth a shot.

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      • Well, I feel the same. Well written and a year late. I’m not a trucker and I called them “hobo hookers”

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  7. Let’s make known the dangers of “lot lizards,” but let’s also be clear that these people are still human beings. Let’s not dehumanize their existence, just because some may pose a nuisance and hazard. Some of these folks are forced into the matter, and most are in it for the wrong reasons. Be aware and keep yourselves safe, but be mindful that these are human beings we’re talking about. Not mere “lizards..”

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    • I know, right? Routinely it is the [female] prostitutes who are reviled and dehumanized, while the john is sympathetically described as “lonely” or whatever. This depiction conveniently forgets that being a prostitute is the most dangerous job in the world. The average age of a girl entering this profession is 12 years old. That means there are conceivably millions of men willing to have sex with a child. They don’t seem to care that she’s just a little girl. No sympathy, as long as he gets his rocks off. Just disgusting.

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  8. Christopher Schewe AKA Shoenice is a lot lizard chomo.

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  9. Sex work is a valuable service, and all the negative aspects are mainly due to our outdated puritanical laws making it illegal. If it were legalized the mega
    Give aspects would virtually disappear.

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  10. Well if any truck drivers come through Texas I’ll take care of your needs it’s a fantasy of mine

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  11. I think if lock lizards would leave ladies husbands alone there would be less divorces!!!

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    • Or how about marrying a faithful man and stop blaming the lizards, they dont know your husband is married

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  12. That scene was happening in the 1970s up to the early 1990s. Its fallen off considerably since the age of the internet and the awareness by law enforcement. Its largely a thing of the past.

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  13. I am trying to find 2 women from KY who approached a man at the Pilot exit 143 off I-40 in TN. He went missing. They asked if he wanted to party. They wanted his number but he said he gave them a fake number. However I think they gave him their number. We just want to be sure he is ok.

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