11. Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs [895]

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
1

Several of the witnesses reported the use of various drugs, including alcohol, in connection with the manufacture of pornographic materials. A former Playboy bunny testified:

Drug abuse is deeply interwoven into the Playboy lifestyle. I saw marijuana being used at Hefner's mansion on a regular basis, and cocaine as well. I began taking moderate amounts of alcohol and tranquilizers thinking it would do no harm but the lust grows for more drugs and alcohol to desensitize the psyche to the sexual perversion.[895]

Some witnesses stated that drugs were used to induce an individual to participate in the production of pornography. For example, a woman who had run away from sexual abuse at home at age thirteen described the use of drugs and nude photographs to initiate her into prostitution:

The third night I was away from home I was wondering around the streets in a sort of daze when I was befriended by a man about twenty years my senior.

I confided my problems to him and he offered to take me in. During my stay with him he treated me relatively well. He was kind to me, he fed me, and he said he cared about me. He also kept me drugged, spoke glowingly about prostitution and took nude photographs of me.[897]

A young woman who had suffered years of sexual and emotional abuse testified:

I recall at time, from age thirteen until fifteen, having been drugged and used in group demonstrations....

Money, grass and alcohol were used as inducements by [two of the men in the sex ring] in their seduction process. [One] would use the school bus to pick us up and take us over to another's house in Revere. We were paid five dollars plus we were given beer and grass.[898]

Another young man testified:

When I was young, my uncle sexually molested me. He introduced me to alcohol and drugs. He took nude photographs of me with body paint....[899]

A woman who at eighteen became a nude model and posed for pornographic films testified:

He had me sign contract, so that scared me, because I had to go to the office every day, you know, and he would try to tell me that soon I would be there, I would be famous. He got me involved with drugs and made me service him, and if I didn't he would threaten me.[900]

The Commission also heard testimony from witnesses who used the money received for participation in prostitution and pornography to buy drugs. A young man who had been forced to participate in the manufacture of pornography testified:

I spent all the money on drugs. While hustling, quite often I would be picked up by a guy and taken to his house where he would show me homosexual porn films to get him and me turned on. Many times I would be photographed in pornographic poses for private collections. Most often I was involved in prostitution with guys.[901]

Other witnesses said that they used alcohol and other drugs to escape mentally from the abuse they were suffering. For example, one woman testified:

I escaped prostitution quite by accident. I became a heroin addict. I had been taking other drugs throughout the time I was in prostitution and pornography. They had been supplied and doled out by my pimp. I accepted them because they numbed my physical and emotional pain.[902]

Notes

  1. These symptoms are characteristic of substance abuse disorders. See, DSM-III, supra note 762, p. 163.
  2. Chicago Hearing, Vol. I, pp. 315-16.
  3. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 177.
  4. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. II, pp. 46, 48.
  5. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 47.
  6. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, p. 93.
  7. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. II, pp. 46, 48.
  8. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 182.