Confronting Temptation

| September 03, 2002

Though prostitution is a problem at certain truck stops, the chaplains say what’s even more pervasive, and more frequently mentioned in counseling, is pornography.


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Name any woe of the long-haul trucker – loneliness, finances, family problems – and truck stop chaplains deal with it. They also hear things not so easily brought up with strangers: the related topics of pornography and prostitution.

Jay Lerette of Transport for Christ, based at a truck stop in Rochelle, Ill., says prostitution comes up often.

“A lot of drivers tell me when they’re driving the interstate, women will pull up beside their trucks and do all sorts of immoral things to themselves, trying to lure the drivers to pull off,” says Lerette.

“There was one man, about 30, very good looking, well built. He was a Christian, married 12 years,” Lerette says. “He committed adultery with one of these prostitutes one time. He was living with such shame, such guilt, and he thought he had some venereal disease. He said, ‘I knew I should never have given a second look.’ He finally repented.”

Prostitutes face shame and guilt, as well. Chaplain Bill Connor of Transport for Christ, based at a truck stop in Hudson, Wis., says he’s counseled many women who appear to be prostitutes, though they don’t come out and say so.

“They wanted to do the right things, make the right choices,” he says. “They were looking for jobs – jobs that were more legitimate.”

Though prostitution is a problem at certain truck stops, the chaplains say what’s even more pervasive, and more frequently mentioned in counseling, is pornography.

The easy access to porn makes it difficult to make any headway against truck stop prostitution, Connor says. “Even if you’ve got a clean truck stop that doesn’t have porn on its shelves, truckers still have satellite hookups and places where they can plug their computers in,” he says.

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