Black (Male) Hooker Road

     It’s one of those ugly secrets of a city, but it’s true.

     Fort Lauderdale has a black male hooker business district!

     
In the day time, it’s just a street that runs behind Searstown, south of Sunrise Boulevard,  NE 5th Avenue.

                              

     But when the sun goes down, it’s Black Hooker Road.

     It’s been going on for a couple of decades now. Cindy and I used to own property close by, but gave up, sold out, and moved. Little has changed. 

     I drove home a few hours ago, after attending Mayor Seiler’s latest “jog with the Mayor” event, and decided to take that route to see if things had changed.

     They hadn’t. Here is a black male hooker working black hooker road tonight.

           

     Crazy as it sounds, I stopped to interview him. ” Excuse me, are you a black male hooker?”, I queried.

     “Yea man, what you looking for?” he replied.

     “Actually, I’d like to interview you for a story for my city-wide blog on Fort Lauderdale, and black hooker road”, I answered.

     “Huh?” he shot back.” It’s true” I said. ” How long has this been black male hooker road”,  I asked.

     “Hell , probably 20 years now” he said. “Wait, I ain’t saying no more unless I’m getting paid for this intraview”, he added. 

     I had stuffed four bucks in my pocket in case of this possibility.” I handed it over.

     “Shit“, he said, none too pleased. I asked if I could take a picture of a real life male hooker. He turned his back toward the camera, and grunted, and a set of headlights in the distance was making him jittery to boot.

     “How long you been hookin”, I asked.

     ” I just  started” he barked as he hurried off down the road.

     Not much of an interview I thought.
 
     I guess you get what you pay for, I chuckled to myself.   

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