I want to reiterate that not all sex workers are addicted and/or homeless. That stereotype is not 100% true. Having said that, there is another undeniable truth: addiction is a mental illness that I characterize as an affliction of disordered perception that cause addicts to make logical decisions based upon what they perceive as truth. For example, the unshakable “knowledge “ that I must have this drug to the exclusion of all else. There goes the job, the rent money, the savings, the domicile. The only way to support yourself is to get money from other people. They can give it to you or you can take it. Men are motivated to give sex workers their money. Street walking is one of the easiest ways to make money under these circumstances. Just walk to a known prostitution area, colloquially known as “the track” or the “ho stroll” or the “stroll.” If all goes well you could be speed walking to the dope man with $100 in your pocket 15 minutes after you hit the street.
How does That Work? Details?
You’re on the sidewalk adjacent to a street where cars move slowly enough for you to catch the eye of the driver in the oncoming car. If he is experienced he recognizes the purpose of your eye contact. If he likes you he nods his head, indicating with the tilt of a chin that he will meet you a little bit up the road. You watch as he passed you and pulls into the next vacant spot. You get in. There’s no talk of money bc no one wants to get arrested (more on that later). You can go to one of the out of the way spots either of you know of and spend time in the vehicle. But what if he wants to get out of the car? That’s when you say, in response to the question, “do you have a place?”this: I have a gay friend who will let me use his spot.