RECOMMENDATION 32

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
2

State and Local public health authorities should investigate conditions within "Adults Only" Pornographic outlets and arcades and enforce the laws against any health violations found on those premises.

Testimony before the Commission has revealed that sexual acts often occur in the peep booths located in many "Adults Only" pornographic outlets and arcades.[303] Acts such as fellatio, sodomy, and masturbation are common .[304] Some of these establishments have "glory holes" drilled through the walls of the peep booths to permit individuals to engage in anonymous sex with the occupant of the adjoining booth .[305] Upon examination of the interior of these booths, police often find evidence of urine, human feces and semen.[306]

The public health risks posed by this anonymous sexual activity are quite obvious. The public health department in Houston, Texas, reported 214 cases of syphilis and gonorrhea during three months of 1985.[307] Of those infected individuals, 10.7 percent reported they had performed sexual acts in "Adult Only" pornographic outlets.[308] Because of the anonymous nature of these sexual encounters, public health officials find it impossible to trace the origin of the disease.[309] Concern about the spread of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has made this situation even more significant. Similar risks to public health are posed by massage parlors, brothels, and establishments promoting "Piercing"[310] and other sado-masochistic sexual activities.

While this Commission does not condone or support the existence of these businesses dealing in obscene materials, it urges state and local public health officials to inspect the premises of adult bookstores and arcades in their jurisdictions and vigorously enforce the law against all public health violations found on those premises.

Notes

  1. See, The discussion of the Production, Distribution and Technology of Sexually Explicit Materials in Part Four. Houston Hearing, Vol. 1, W. D. Brown, p. 39; Chicago Hearing, Vol. II, Hinson McAuliffe, p. 181.
  2. Id.
  3. Houston Hearing, Vol. 1, W. D. Brown, p. 41.
  4. Id., p. 42.
  5. Id.
  6. Id.
  7. Id.
  8. "Piercing" is a form of sado-masochistic sexual activity involving the piercing of the skin or genitals with pins, needles or other sharp instruments.