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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        • I trusted my boyfriend who was manipulating, claimed we were working for a future, while he’d drive, “train me”( “we were going to be this team”),wasnt serious, I got slowly depressed, discouraged. He was mentally, emotionally, abusive, physical at the start, but that stopped, he was more worried of getting caught. Then care.. too, and never saw what he made…never anything stable, no plan, all over the place,and ilearned how many red flags, he was a lying cheat,the character changes, the picked fights to get rid of me, for short timed( hed mysteriously ” dissappear” or I’d sleep, or take a shower during time we could..or even clean the truck to make it comfortable,he was acting as though teaching me ” safety” ” testing lights,”.. I just realized, times he would make up excuses, pick fight, to “” use bathroom” I didn’t realize, and times wouldnt go near me, made me feel unloved, unwanted,ugly and did say this too…other times acted as though he wanted to physically..b around me, and so much more, I believe. Was happening, times I wasn’t with him, and with him. What a living hell to believe a person cares, loves, or want to believe that noone would, or could be that cruel , to opposite,feeling, or being completly alone, ( and I was stuck out there w him, and I’d disappear mentally to cope. Found porn on truck computer, I had so many reasons,..and my gut was distrusting him , so much….I’m still seeing him here and there, so discouraged, and know this is not love, I think he wants to know I’m on burner too, i kinda feel same, i got that depressed, down, ruined goals i had, and have absolutely no interest in them now, but on a positive, im thankful im in a my own….I pay ,for..apt….thank GOD!! Just starting to find joy in simply eating, rest,reading, I couldnt focus before, couldnt ever sleep, eat, some days, nights, it was hell.walking.i love again..as I used too…and I’m so glad I am glad he went, and I stayed back, never want to go through that again,it had been in my blood, had it been a decent sincere person to work together…I trusted, itd been so different, and had done very well…I believe. I’m getting there, he was rude from the very start, with woman better at hiding it now, probably because unlike I used to b, speaking up, I t built up, and I let him know it. It was embarrassing just eating g going anywhere, hed ogle eyes anyone who would feed him, even other men’s wives!! This was no normal looking, he was rude, didnt care. I’m sad, no I’m missing something that mostly made me very unhappy, sad painful, feels going nowhere, , that became habit…I am working learning to deal a day at a time now, it’s working. I have such a need to break down, and cry, it comes here and there, good days, and bad, getting better than it was…he even cracks jokes at these things or will deny, ignore, or turn them in some way in me, he did from start.i have never been one to be bitter, avoid others, and changed, so much, but wont give him that, it won’t stay this way. I been through enough long ago, and life was good, with my son who ended up moving out, I never forgave myself, ect…I better stop getting very upset, and off track..I didnt realize I believe he had been doing these things w girls all along, even…when I was there!! I’m angry at myself, at times..I am all for these awesome hardworking truckers against trafficking! and my boyfriend would be annoyed if I mentioned this..its a great thing, I support!!

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          • Thank you to all those that support TAT

      • Yeah do you have a guide to where they are anymore because I miss him I’ve been out here 25 years they’re getting hard to find I specifically go to truck stops for that

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        • Brittany Snyder I have be a n want to start one again text and u will forget that it’s hard, to find him, nine tw2 five, 5 seven zero zero seven,7 nine. Wont regent bgloas

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    • Anyone at the ta truck stop in Marianna Florida need. There Grease release

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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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    • I’m with Andrew on this. And I started picking up truckers as soon as I could drive. (No, I never took money; yes, I was offered.) I just enjoy having sex with men.

      I am, and was, always clean and careful and safe. This is never about getting in the way of whatever relationship these men are in. Some of the guys wanted to stay in touch, and still do.

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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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        • That’s probably something my boyfriend would say while he’s behind my back and it sure as hell thinks… he a dan cowboy but quite the opposite…….

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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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    • Or married men could learn the word “no.” It takes two.

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    • I hear ya!!!Carolyn, and destroyed families!!!!! Lives!!! Ruining trust, for those who do care. The bozos that could careless, of some of these young gals could be found dead as well, for there selfishness!!.Ect.

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    • First of all Carolyn it is LOT Lizard, Not LOCK Lizard. Maybe there would be less divorces among truck drivers if they married women who are not illiterate.

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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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  14. I’m impressed with this article and with the thoughtful comments. short article that addresses many topics. thank you for talking about human trafficking and the signs to look for. great article!

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  15. Now the truck drivers look online for women I have met two who was married and I lost my virginity to one truck driver in his truck

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    • What site do they use to find them?

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      • Really I guess you are still hanging out w/truck drivers

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  16. ut Mariano decided he was better off in the Spanish capital despite struggling to usurp Karim Benzema.

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  17. I used to make good money working the Phillips 66 stop in Texarkana back in the 70s and 80s. Back then, you know who your customers were because they were regulars., This article says 80 for the full Monte but I remember 100 as the minimum. For regulars, maybe 75.00. Christmas time meant real good money. I do remember that. In the 90s, everything changed. Either I got old or the men just got more grabby and demanding.

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  18. Some of these men are not giving money no more they are just using not right

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  19. I always enjoy the company afforded by these girls. Its soooo erotic pursuing these girls and giving them my attention. I don’t mind helping these women out. Most women will let the man please them.

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  20. New to truck driving. Been in it for about 7 months now. A lot lizard made an attempt on me just yesterday. They aren’t at big truck stops but smaller ones. I was parked blocking another truck. I figured he was knocking to ask me to let him out, but it was a lady holding a coffee and cellphone and asked if I had money to help her get home. I said I don’t, then she said ill work for it if I have to because I am stranded here. I checked my mirrors since I was in a small truck stop and it was a bit sketchy. I thought it was best to end it quickly so I said I can’t do anything for you, sorry.

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  21. Just remember what Ray Lawrence Jr told us…”lot lizards don’t love you”

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  22. Prostitution is around and always will be. Where it takes place doesn’t matter. You can spin it for good or spin it for bad. I personally think it should be legalized. This is truth, no spin. There is good that comes out of it. Most hookers are not bad people. Most attorneys are not bad people. Most politicians are not bad people. Get the point

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  23. I NEED TP FOR MY BUNGHOLE!!!

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  24. My only problem is that some of them don’t care to wash there bum holes..Not interested in my truck smelling like shit.

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