We’ve all heard of those ladies (and gentleman) of the night that have been rumored to roam truck stops seeking out lonely drivers. In this business, they’re affectionately known as “Lot Lizards” due to their tendency to crawl from truck to truck soliciting drivers seeking money for sexual acts or drugs (sometimes both). They also can be referred to as a “Pavement Princess”, “Sleeper Leaper,” or whatever tickles your fancy. But, all kidding aside, they’re still a major issue in the industry. It’s dangerous, illegal, and honestly a health hazard (um hello, STDs)!
“Lot Lizards” give a whole new meaning to the phrase “pimp my ride.”
The “types of lot lizards” according to TruckertoTrucker.com:
- CB Chameleon: Truck drivers have frequently reported hearing women appear on CB airwaves asking if anyone needs company or is looking for a date.
- Wandering Whiptail: Apparently some “Lot Lizards” will approach lonely truckers offering company or just to talk. Sometimes they’re looking to hitch your wagon for a free ride. But, watch out for your wallet! They also are on the prowl to snatch some free money or valuables from vulnerable truckers.
- Knocking Skink: “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?”….the taps of a lot lizard hitting their nails against the window of your cab at 3am.
- Gungho Gecko: “Can be seen frantically scampering around the lot on a crank-fueled, trick turning binge.”
- Horntail Housewife: Apparently, some unsavory characters will “conduct their business” in a frequently traveling trucker’s residence. And although they like to play house with the trucker in a territorial sense, they will sell their “services” to others when the driver is away.
- Spiny Desert Dealer: Another type of lot lizard is the type that will try to peddle drugs to truck drivers. They pretty much are door-to-door salesman for illegal substances.
- Yellow-Bellied Wine-N-Diner: This final specialty of reptilian will keep a trucker company as an escort outside of the rig. However, they usually have a crew of people ready to rummage through your valuables while your truck is left unattended.
These stereotypes presented in a light-hearted matter can actually come in all shapes and sizes. And, it’s a problem that is not okay. Not only is it a dangerous lifestyle for the sex-workers themselves with stories of violence happening in illegal prostitution, but also can be a huge reason why truckers fall victim to robberies.
The Suffering on the Other Side
But there’s two sides to every story and as much of a nuisance we feel these workers are, it may not be their fault. Some suffer from crack-addictions, some just are homeless seeking a place to stay, and some are just hard up for quick money. Others are even less fortunate. Young boys and girls sometimes get tricked into the sex trade by abusive pimps that manipulate them into working, take all their profits, and threaten harm to them and their family if they try to escape.
The reality about sex workers that prey among drivers at truck stops is that many of them are forced into the industry. Organizations such as Truckers Against Trafficking exist to get members of the transportation and travel plaza industry to help fight against sex trafficking.
Between the years of 2004 and 2009, the FBI put together a series of stings across the nation’s truck stops according to the Huffington Post. They found a shocking number of pimps crawling the premises exploiting young girls and boys.
According to Truckers Against Trafficking:
- Truckers have called the National Human Trafficking over 1,110 times
- Law enforcement has investigated 60% of the cases called into the hotline from truckers
- These phone calls have found 360 potential human trafficking cases
Shedding Light on Lot Lizards
According to the documentary, Lot Lizard, a whole economy of sex and drugs thrives through online message boards and Craigslist to find interstate intercourse and illicit drugs. They can be seen wandering from cab to cab asking things to truckers like if they want company or if they can use their CB-radios. Oftentimes, they are able to flee on the first sign of police to the scene because truckers will alert them over radio.
To Catch a Lot Lizard:
- “Looking for commercial company?” or “Any commercial out there tonight?” are common phrases sex workers use
- Sex workers keep themselves in a “safe truck” as home base when security or police start to prowl
- “What color is your house?” is what prostitutes will ask over CB-Radio to find out which truck is yours
- “40-60-80” means $40 for oral sex, $60 for sex, and $80 for both
How big of a problem are “Lot Lizards?” We welcome your comments!