“Why write about prostitution?” we were repeatedly asked as we researched this month’s cover story. “It’s bad for the industry’s image.” There’s no doubt that the world’s oldest profession is a difficult subject for a trade magazine to cover. We run the risk of alienating readers, upsetting advertisers and inciting the wrath of industry leaders.
But while prostitution in trucking – and the crime and health risks it fosters – may be an unpleasant topic, it’s also a fact of trucking life. It’s not unique to trucking, but in no other industry does it confront workers so frequently and directly. In fact, nearly 60 percent of respondents to an eTrucker.com survey cited prostitution as a significant problem among truckers, outranking adultery, gambling and drug and alcohol abuse.
Beyond the statistics are the day-to-day realities: