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Old 05-10-2019, 10:58 AM
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The smallest town you have seen a hooker in?


Once when I was visiting a friend in Monticello, Iowa he pointed out a lady walking downtown and declared, "That's the town hooker" which I thought was hilarious. I thought this was a fairly small town but Wiki claims there are 52,000 citizens. But even then the impression I got was that everyone knew her.

So what is the smallest town you have actually seen a hooker in?

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Old 05-10-2019, 11:08 AM
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My city, Chillicothe, Ohio has about 21,000 residents. We have a serious opioid problem, and dozens of hookers, none of whom I know.
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I took an Amtrak from DC to Glacier National Park. All of the stops from North Dakota to East Glacier, MT were in little towns, some of them with populations under 2,000. Within a block of the train station at every single stop was a bar, a casino, and a motel/inn. I didn't get off the train so I couldn't verify one way or another that's what they were, but I assumed at least some of the women hanging out in front of any of these places were prostitutes.

Apparently prostitution arrests are exceptionally rare in North Dakota so maybe they were just trashy local women, but I've no doubt prostitution does exist there.
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I'd imagine in smaller towns, it's more of a part time/opportunistic sort of thing, not a full-time job.
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:55 AM
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Out in Nevada, where there is legalized prostitution, there are lots of small towns with obvious brothels -- Elko, Ely, Wells, Carlin. I drove through some of these, just to see (honest!) But I don't think that's what the OP had in mind.

The smallest town where I've seen a lady who was undoubtedly prostitute "in the wild" was New York City.



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We were recently in a small bar/restaurant in Saltsburg, PA (population 873). My gf went to the ladies room and a woman down the bar slid over and asked if I wanted to have some fun. She quoted me $200 for me and my gf, who she thought was cute. I told her we had plans for the evening, but thanked her just the same.

I told my gf about the encounter on our drive home. She said I handled the situation well.
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My home town has about 1800 people at the moment. It was significantly smaller when I moved away 25 years ago.
We didn't have prostitutes plying their trade in the open, as far as I can remember. It was more of a "everyone knows who to go visit/pick up in the bar" kind of situation.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:45 PM
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In Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam talked about the Coalwood town prostitute, and the town population was around 2000. That's pretty small.

However, I have never been sure I've ever seen one in the wild, so to speak. Just because a woman is walking down the street at 6am in a skin tight party dress doesn't mean she's a whore. Can't assume anything.

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Glassport PA (population 4k and change) and Charleroi PA spring to mind; and they aren't all that hard to spot. I believe I've seen a few in a couple places in the Wyoming Valley as well. In a lot of the old rust and hard-coal towns hooking is about the only industry left. Some is knowing the places to look (Charleroi you want to check the laundromat) but its not all that tough.
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Once when I was visiting a friend in Monticello, Iowa he pointed out a lady walking downtown and declared, "That's the town hooker" which I thought was hilarious. I thought this was a fairly small town but Wiki claims there are 52,000 citizens.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monticello,_Iowa

There are a couple dozen Monticello places in the U.S.--so you might have hit one of those by mistake.

There are truckstops at most interstate exits and many are in very small towns--it is possible some of these have prostitutes working in the parking lot or vicinity.

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Barstow, CA (population 22,639 in 2010) is the smallest place I've been propositioned. I was refilling my water jugs outside a grocery store before heading out into the desert on a camping trip. It was only about 9 am. Didn't ask for a price quote.
It makes sense, as there are a lot of truck stops in Barstow as that is where I-40 splits off from I-15.
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:42 PM
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Didn't ask for a price quote.
Dude! Always ask for a price quote. I'll assume you knew enough to get a receipt, rather than just relying on your cancelled check.
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There are truckstops at most interstate exits and many are in very small towns--it is possible some of these have prostitutes working in the parking lot or vicinity.
I had some reason to be in an upstairs storage room of a truck stop near West Memphis. There was a large flat couch and a rather attractive woman reading a magazine. She gave me an inquiring glance when I walked in, but lost interest when it became apparent I was on some errand. I've always wonder if she were a hooker.
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There are a couple dozen Monticello places in the U.S.--so you might have hit one of those by mistake.
Looks like it. I might have used the ZIP code instead of the population.

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If there are ten people in town, look around. If you can't spot the prostitute, it's you.

Isn't that the saying? I may be confusing this with another saying.
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It's not a "town," but there was a lady in our condo complex (maybe 500 residents?) who we were pretty sure was a call girl. She was very nice and liked our dogs, so I had no problems with her.
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:24 PM
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Population 2. Never did figure out why they didn't get married
There is a money joke there, but it just isn't working out.
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Barstow, CA (population 22,639 in 2010) is the smallest place I've been propositioned. I was refilling my water jugs outside a grocery store before heading out into the desert on a camping trip. It was only about 9 am. Didn't ask for a price quote.
It makes sense, as there are a lot of truck stops in Barstow as that is where I-40 splits off from I-15.
Barstow is also the nearest town to Ft. Irwin IIRC and from experience I know military guys at the end of a training rotation are up for just about anything.
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I've been through Monticello, IA a few times. "Small town Iowa" is a thinly disguised euphemism for "meth problem", and it's not all that far from the prison in Anamosa, so who knows?
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Stone Park, Illinois is a little subrub of Chicago with barely 5000 citizens. Streetwalkers are pretty obvious while driving the main drag of Mannheim.
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I've been through Monticello, IA a few times. "Small town Iowa" is a thinly disguised euphemism for "meth problem", and it's not all that far from the prison in Anamosa, so who knows?
Meth in Iowa?
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Meth in Iowa?
Captain Kirk came from there.
And specifically, the town of Riverside, which really does exist and is a few miles south of Iowa City. A vacant lot has a sign in it; I've been there.

Truthfully, the only time I've seen people out in public that I KNEW were prostitutes were in Omaha when I was there many years ago. Long story why I was there and why we drove through the area, but it was during the winter and they were still scantily dressed, and most of them were probably transvestite men.
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One time I was in a small town in Wyoming where the biggest building there was the chain hotel that was two stories tall. Getting a room for the night during a road trip despite it being 1AM when I checked in I saw two women in heavy make-up and flashy clothes both sitting in the lobby next to a pay phone. Eventually the pay phone rang, one of the women answered it, said a few things, then immediately hung up the phone and got into an elevator nearby to go to the second floor. The other woman stood there until she too got a phone call from the pay phone and the same thing happened. Definitely something was up there.
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Stone Park, Illinois is a little subrub of Chicago with barely 5000 citizens. Streetwalkers are pretty obvious while driving the main drag of Mannheim.
This was the town where a group of nuns sued successfully to stop a strip club from opening next to their convent.

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I took an Amtrak from DC to Glacier National Park. All of the stops from North Dakota to East Glacier, MT were in little towns, some of them with populations under 2,000. Within a block of the train station at every single stop was a bar, a casino, and a motel/inn. I didn't get off the train so I couldn't verify one way or another that's what they were, but I assumed at least some of the women hanging out in front of any of these places were prostitutes.

Apparently prostitution arrests are exceptionally rare in North Dakota so maybe they were just trashy local women, but I've no doubt prostitution does exist there.
Prostitution was a huge problem in that region during the oil boom. Now, not so much because the money and young men aren't there so much now.
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Not exactly what the OP is looking for but a boss I had back in the eighties went hunting way out in the woods of northern Michigan every deer season. He said the pimps in Detroit would get an RV, load it with hookers and take them up to service the hunters.
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I've seen what very likely was the so called "lot lizard" working a big truck stop far way outside of any town. If you slapped the name of the nearest unincorporated township on the truckstop, the population was probably a couple hundred.

The transient client base though was pretty big.
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My city, Chillicothe, Ohio has about 21,000 residents. We have a serious opioid problem, and dozens of hookers, none of whom I know.
I was going to cite another example, but I'll just say that all along the Ohio River, anywhere with a bridge across the river to another state has a serious opioid problem and hookers. Probably anywhere on the border of any two states, or for that matter, any town with doctors who are too easy with prescribing painkillers.
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And specifically, the town of Riverside, which really does exist and is a few miles south of Iowa City. A vacant lot has a sign in it; I've been there.
So what's the sign say, "Future home of James T. Kirk"?
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My Dad grew up in Greenbush, Wisconsin in the 1930's. He used to joke that the place was so small the town hooker was still a virgin.
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My hometown had about 3000 people. I'm pretty sure I saw a young lady being picked up for commerce there a few years ago. Also, at least one classmate of mine was known for *turning tricks. At least in her case, I knew she was an addict, and that's an all too common story.

*But not when she was a classmate--the addiction took her over many years later.

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Define "hooker."

If you mean "streetwalker," I've never seen one in a city smaller than, oh, 100k or so. If you mean "person who will exchange sex for money or drugs," my town of 600 is apparently lousy with them, because meth. Not that I would know directly (seriously).
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I was propositioned in a very small 'hut village' in Haiti a few miles outside Port-A-Prince. Perhaps 100 dwellings. While I don't think it was her main profession as they don't get many visitors - and visitors don't usually walk freely around as I did, but stay with escorts, I don't believe I was the only one she has tried to sell herself to either. So perhaps hooker as a freelancer side job. I also get the feeling she was into voodoo (as that is a common religion there) and that was part of her practice to help bind her soul to people more fortunate by sex.

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I was driving through Cornelia Georgia (pop. 4000) last year and saw what I believed to be the town hooker. She was a tall, overweight black woman in her 30's, wore a tube top with no bra, spandex pants to show she got back, big dangly earrings and matching necklace, hotel neon spiked heels, black lipstick, and carried around a big floppy purse, every bit the stereotype. That area of town was an otherwise deserted train depo. Could have been a Norman Rockwell painting.
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The nearest town to me has a population of 10,000. Call me nave, but I can't recall ever seeing anyone who might be a streetwalker here. If she was wearing the stereotypical show-off, easy-off clothes, she'd stand out so glaringly that she'd probably make the front page news (not much else to write about, y'know?)

To blend in, she'd have to wear a flannel shirt, overalls, dairy boots, and a cowboy hat. But if she blended in, how would she attract business?
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Knowed out I would love to see that Rockwell! Lol.
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I was driving through Cornelia Georgia (pop. 4000) last year and saw what I believed to be the town hooker. She was a tall, overweight black woman in her 30's, wore a tube top with no bra, spandex pants to show she got back, big dangly earrings and matching necklace, hotel neon spiked heels, black lipstick, and carried around a big floppy purse, every bit the stereotype. That area of town was an otherwise deserted train depo. Could have been a Norman Rockwell painting.
You sure she wasn't headed to Wal-Mart?
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My hometown had about 3000 people. I'm pretty sure I saw a young lady being picked up for commerce there a few years ago. Also, at least one classmate of mine was known for *turning tricks. At least in her case, I knew she was an addict, and that's an all too common story.

*But not when she was a classmate--the addiction took her over many years later.
Now that you mention this, when I was in 7th grade, I had the misfortune of sitting in band next to a 9th grader who was a despicable, vile bully who was just as ugly on the inside as she was on the outside. I heard, more than once from more than one person, that all the bragging she did about drugs, and what she did to get them, was NOT made up - she really was turning tricks for dope.

When I saw her sister's obituary a couple years later (leukemia), that explained a lot.

There was also a rumor that one of my college classmates, who was married with a young child and got divorced while we were in school, was paying girls in our class (one of them being a HS friend of my sister's) to do, ahem, certain things that his wife didn't want to do. I actually find it believable, even though this guy had his kid when they were both 16, and he looked like a cross between Chris Farley and Jabba the Hut. (I told a friend about it, and she replied, "Oh, hell, I know women who'll do that for free.")
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Dutch Harbor, AK. Pop. 4376 in the 2010 census had prostitutes when I was there in the early 90's.
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Dutch Harbor, AK. Pop. 4376 in the 2010 census had prostitutes when I was there in the early 90's.
I can believe it. Isn't that town the hub of giant crab fishing?

I've also heard that Anchorage has lots of open prostitution.
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The nearest town to me has a population of 10,000. Call me nave, but I can't recall ever seeing anyone who might be a streetwalker here. If she was wearing the stereotypical show-off, easy-off clothes, she'd stand out so glaringly that she'd probably make the front page news (not much else to write about, y'know?)

To blend in, she'd have to wear a flannel shirt, overalls, dairy boots, and a cowboy hat. But if she blended in, how would she attract business?
I am betting like the rust belt there is a bar/business/place where she could blend in (sort of - basically be ignored) and do well. I'm talking curb-service type prostitution and not just someone who turns a trick now and again to score some weed or for the thrills. Hookers have never been my thing but I have a friend who claims to be able to find a "pro" in just about any town in America given an hour and a hundred bucks or so with the expectation of a lot of change possible.
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Dude! Always ask for a price quote.
According to the episode of Cops I watched, simply asking for a price quote is enough to get you arrested for solicitation. Ask at your own risk and hope she is not a UCC
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According to the episode of Cops I watched, simply asking for a price quote is enough to get you arrested for solicitation. Ask at your own risk and hope she is not a UCC
Instead of a price quote, see if she is wearing a button you might buy. Ask what the price of the button is, and if there are any bonus items thrown in.

It worked (sort of) at the 12th Precinct.
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Define "hooker."

If you mean "streetwalker," I've never seen one in a city smaller than, oh, 100k or so...
I have seen plenty of them in Lorain Ohio, around 50,000 residents. They seem to have put an end to it, at least anything real obvious like it used to be.

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To blend in, she'd have to wear a flannel shirt, overalls, dairy boots, and a cowboy hat...[/QUOTE]

Isn't that how the two hookers in Fargo dressed?

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