Is there any reasonable explanation for my neighbor's behavior other than that she's a prostitute?
A single mother with four kids moved into my neighborhood about six weeks ago. Since then, my wife, several of our friends in the neighborhood, and I have observed behavior on her part that, along with other evidence, seems to lead to the conclusion that she's a prostitute, working out of her home. The evidence:
- She is home all day during the week while her kids are at school. During that time her car almost never leaves her parking space.
- During that time, every day, several cars will appear (one at a time), park in her other parking space, and one man (always a man, and always alone) will get out and go into the house. He will exit about 30-45 minutes later. He will not be carrying anything noticeable on either entry or exit.
- One of our friends, by pure chance, lives in the neighborhood where this woman and her kids moved from when they moved to ours. She has told us that the same rumor was bandied about that neighborhood, for the same reasons.
- My wife, our friends in the neighborhood, and our friend who used to live near her, have said "Hi" to this woman, asked her over for a glass of wine, and such, but she has, every time, treated them coldly. Basically, she doesn't seem to be interested in getting to know anyone else in the neighborhood.
We have been trying to come up with alternate explanations, but can't really think of much that makes sense. There are a few indications that she's not
a prostitute--to my mind, the most notable being that these men who visit always use the front door, and it would not be difficult for her to have them use the back door.
I don't really care too much if she's a prostitute, because it is essentially a victimless crime. I'm somewhat concerned about the men who continually come to the neighborhood if that's why they're here, because there are a fair number of kids in the area (including mine) and if these men are unsavory enough to be visiting a prostitute, who knows what else they might do?
I will note that her kids seem to be well cared-for, and reasonably well-adjusted. The visits from the men always stop before her kids get home from school, so it doesn't seem as though, whatever she's doing, she does it with the kids in the house.
Please help us think of any other reasonable explanation that fits the facts! In case you should have something to say that you don't want to say publicly, you can email my throwaway GMail address at firstname.lastname@example.org