Channel 19

Todd Dills

Power of good roads?: Indian truckers’ savvy in the sleeper

| February 21, 2012

News flash: According to IBN, a broadcasting network in India, that nation’s drivers have helped stemmed the tide of HIV and AIDS in the country after a process that is making a dent in old stereotypes about long-haul drivers there. “Truckers are savvy about safe sex,” screams the headline of a story posted to IBN’s website last week.

Part of a huge drop in haulers’ engagement of prostitutes Indian officials attribute to a development long in coming in some areas: improved highways, which sped up delivery schedules and reduced the necessity of drivers frequenting “truckers terminals,” large truck-stop-like parking areas where sex workers are apparently common.

No driver is actually quoted in the piece, though. Makes you wonder, ultimately, whether Indian haulers have the same problem there we tend to have with the mainstream media here…

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