PHYLLIS: Well– And as a single mother– What you just described is a dangerous life. I mean, you’re living as a prostitute! There are just so many images that are coming in my head right now – That jaw-dropping story that I mentioned in my introduction, that these are the kind of stories I’m talking about. You gotta take us there. You gotta take us to when you were walking the streets and what was that like for you? I mean, can you give us one juicy story? How did you do that - convince these men to go with you but then you don’t follow through! How does that happen?
DIANE: Well you know, it’s so funny. I mean a lot of people have, like, a lot of misconceptions around prostitution, and why law enforcement would actually be involved with that, because… You know, frankly we don’t care who’s sleeping with who. The part of it is really what we find out. Information. Because people that are around prostitution are connected to crime. You know, people who are just getting out of jail pretend to connect with the prostitutes. It allows us, for when we arrest them, to pinpoint a time and place for them, so when crime happens in the area, it really helps us solve cases and really connect things that are happening. So it attracts a whole different element. I mean, there is such a gamut of things that happen when you’re on the street. I can remember one of the times – The scary part is that here I am dressed up as a prostitute. I can’t have my gun on me, I can’t have my radio, I don’t have any type of weapon on me and I have to rely on my detectives who are watching me to make sure that they’re protecting me. And I’m relying on other people for my safety. So, you know, that’s a whole other aspect, but I remember one of the times I was standing on the corner, and it was almost like a movie set. I had this big Cadillac come around the corner and these two guys in hats and suits come out, and they start kind of, you know, harassing me, asking me like “What are you doing around here?” They were the pimps that owned the corner, and they were getting ready to drag me into the car, and we had to not blow my cover. So one of the detectives had actually stepped out and pretended he was my pimp, and we had this whole discussion like “I’m sorry I’m on the street.” And just this whole acting that had to happen - Between the detective who was playing my pimp and the actual pimps, we just had to try to settle the scene to make them go away. So, it’s just that type of craziness was happening. And then just the interaction with the guys who are actually soliciting me, which we’d call them Johns. There was one night where our whole goal is to arrest as many people as possible that night so we can identify them. So, there was a night that I actually arrested thirty-four men that night. But one of the things that happened was I was standing on the corner and a guy was driving by in his car, and you know that rubbernecking where you’re just looking at someone too long? Well, he was looking at me instead of on the road, and so he crashed into a center divide in front of me. And the wheel of his car actually came off and was rolling down the street. So, he hobbles his car over to the side of the road, and what’s crazy about it was that he actually got out of his car, came over and still solicited me! Even though he’d crashed the car! After I had arrested him, and I was interviewing him and having a conversation, I just said “Wasn’t it a sign to you? What possessed you, when you actually crashed your car, to come over and still solicit me?” and he said, “Well I figured I had to wait for a tow truck anyway so I had time.”