Distribution

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
8

The Sovereign News Company, which is owned and operated by Reuben Sturman and headquartered in Cleveland, allegedly distributes the majority of "Doc Johnson" and other sexual device and paraphernalia products.[2059] Sovereign News has eighty-five to ninety major "news agencies" or distributorships nationwide.[2060] Each distributorship has a different company name and handles a designated region of the country.[2061] Often, they are operated by a local person who has been formally trained at the Sovereign News facility in Cleveland.[2062]

These distributors provide approximately 12,000 of the 14,000 to 15,000 pornographic outlets within the United States with "Doc Johnson" and other products.[2063] In those few areas of the country that the Sovereign News network does not cover, the products are sold to sub-distributors who then sell to retailers in their area.[2064] Most of the distributors use trucks or trains to transport the materials.[2065]

In essence, the supplier and the distributor are one and the same for this product line at pornographic outlets. Moreover, Reuben Sturman owns numerous pornographic outlets across the country.[2066] In some instances, then, he supplies, distributes and sells his own products.

Most of the "adults only" pornographic outlets in the United States carry sexual devices and paraphernalia as part of their general stock and account for approximately fifty percent of total sales of these products.[2067] Sexual devices and paraphernalia are sold along with sexually explicit magazines, paperback books, periodicals, videos and films.

The remainder of these products are distributed through mail order operations.[2068] Advertisements for such goods are found in sexually explicit paperback books, magazines and tabloids nationwide.[2069] Sometimes, these products are advertised through direct mail.

Notes

  1. For further information on the Reuben Sturman operation See, The discussion of organized crime in Chapter 19.
  2. Id.
  3. Id.
  4. Id.
  5. Id.; Some sources estimate the number of "adults only" pornographic outlets to be sixteen thousand. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. II, Dennis Sobin, p. 259.
  6. Interview with Sergeant Donald Smith, Los Angeles Police Department (Mar. 9, 1986).
  7. Interview with Ted Mcllvenna, President. Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (Mar. 8, 1986).
  8. Interview with Detective Robert Peters, Los Angeles Police Department (Mar. 9, 1986).
  9. Interview with Ted Mcllvenna, President, Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (Mar. 8, 1986).
  10. Cook, The "X"-Rated Economy, Forbes (Sept. 18, 1978), p. 81; Interview with Ted Mcllvenna, President, Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (Mar. 8, 1986).
  11. See, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books, Films in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets in Chapter 24.