Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lot Lizards

**UPDATE - This post was designed to raise awareness for women and girls who are being trafficked. They are forced to have sex and benefit in no way from the following occurrences. If you see this happening, please call the National Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-3737-888 or report online here.  


"Oh yeah. I've seen 'em. Lot Lizards. ......., Ohio is really well known for them. You'd get close to a truck stop and you'd hear 'Commercial Company, Channel 2.' That was code for "You want sex at the next truck stop? It's available."

Truck stop prostitutes, also known as lot lizards, are a frequent sight while a trucker crosses our beautiful America. I listened as this trucker rattled off many of the truck stops in Pennsylvania and Ohio he had frequented and seen women soliciting sex. D...., A......, Y.......... These are NOT big cities. They are truck stops in communities of 41,000 to 82,000. Need a reference point? Chicago has a population of 2.7 million.

........., Ohio? Population 8,000.This town is barely on the map, yet it is a hot spot for commercial sex in the trucking industry.

"You'll be at a truck stop and see a car full of girls show up - 6 or more in a car with a CB antennae on top. They get out and move from truck to truck. Lots of times they'll stand at the back of your truck, radio you and ask if you want sex. If you do you're supposed to flash your tail lights at them, turn off your dome light and let them in."

Disgusted by the behavior, when approached, my trucker friend would roll his window down an inch and tell them to get out of there or he'd call the cops. I tell him he's seeing trafficking in action.

"What's trafficking?"

He couldn't believe it when I told him that minor girls, threatened with their very lives, could have been the ones approaching him for sex. To him, it seemed to start to sink in as he described what he had seen. One woman going into a truck stop many times during the course of the night, apparently showering "between trucks". A girl cleaning herself in a mud puddle "between trucks". He couldn't tell me if he'd ever seen a minor.

"It's hard to tell how old they are. They only do this when its dark."

He had no idea that 1,000 Ohio born youth and another 740 foreign born youth are forced into the sex trade in Ohio every year. Those are 2009 statistics.* So, if you're just counting the last two years, that's 3,400 youth spread out across Ohio who have been trafficked. And truck stops seem to be popular place to find "work".

"I had no idea. What can I do to get this to stop?"


These girls need help. They need someone who is willing to rescue them, pay attention to them, fight with them and help them to recuperate from the horrors of trafficking. Someplace where they can be treated with dignity and respect and not viewed as a "lot lizard".

How many shelters exist in Ohio to help these girls?

0.

Let's get one in there. Gracehaven House, based out of Columbus, Ohio is working hard to protect these girls. Go here to donate to their efforts in establishing the Ohio's first human trafficking shelter.

**Image taken from newson6.com.  


**We have been receiving significant traffic for this post in the last few months.  Unfortunately, not all the traffic has been for noble or dignified purposes.  For this reason, we have removed the names of the towns originally reported in order to help protect the girls we are trying to advocate for.  (1/8/13)


11 comments:

  1. Thank you for exposing what is going on right before our eyes, yet most of us have no idea is happening... and pointing out most of these girls are not choosing to do this. They are probably forced.

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    1. You're welcome Melissa. It is hard to believe its happening right here at home.

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  2. Yeah, it's just what you expect to see on the road. Sad, I know. I can't believe there are shelters for them or something though. What, you think they live at the truck stop?

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    1. Unfortunately, Mark, there are only 200 beds available for after care and rehab for trafficking victims here in the US. Many organizations are working to change this, but it takes so much time and funding to create safe environments for these victims.

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  3. This is great! I have been looking for local whores!
    Truck World, here i cum!!!

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    1. And this is why we have the trafficking problem still today. Cowardly and disgusting. Praying for their rescue from this terrible and horrific life and for someone to see their worth in God's eyes.

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  4. Hey nice post but there's a small factual error, Chicago's population is 2.7 million not 270k I think you just forgot a zero.

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    1. Thank you so much for pointing out the correction that needed made. You are absolutely right and I edited the post to reflect accurate information. Thank you.

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  5. I remember being shocked by the ignorance of a journalist several years ago out of Raleigh, NC who claimed that trafficking wasn't an issue in the region. He and many people erroneously believe that trafficking strictly pertains to undocumented foreigners being brought into the U.S. and forced into sex work, while many victims of trafficking are teenagers that have been groomed and abused by adults or 18+ women with children (where threats against the child's safety are used to coerce the mother to prostitute herself).

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    1. Wow! I'm surprised to hear that a journalist would advertise information like that without fact checking! I find the same type of thing when I do events - most people have no idea that trafficking happens here, or that our very own youth are victims, either by abusive and blackmail situations, as you reference, or by homelessness. It is so sad.

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  6. hey anyone know what their rates are,my hand it getting tired

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