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»E -jul) 18, 1976 Sunday Ga*ette-Mail . , Chirlesfon, WKI Virjinij ' Male Prostitution Growing Problem Look Out At first glance, it would seem that these two Future Farmers of America are in a "heap of trouble" with a downtown Dallas building about to come down on their heads. In reality, the two fanners are just seeing the local sights of Dallas and are passing by the soon to be completed Dallas City Hall with its modern architecture. (APWirephoto) Pro grant to Combat Drug Called Failure Tra//ic By John Chadwlck WASHINGTON (AP) - Calling drug abuse a national tragedy, Senate investigators said Saturday that a reorganization intended to strengthen federal efforts to combat the traffic in illicit drugs has failed. In the three years since the Drug Enforcement Administration -- DEA -- was established, the nation's illicit drug traffic has grown, said a report of the permament investigations subcommittee, a unit of the Senate Government Operations Committee. "The number of drug addicts continues to increase at a rapid rate, brown heroin from Mexico continues to come into this country in massive amounts and drug abuse continues to spread into rural and suburban areas," it said. # * * IN COMMENTS on the report, -Peter Bensinger, DEA administrator, said that while the agency welcomes and needs the interest of the committee for more effective law enforcement against drugs, "the finding of this report, simply put, are dated." "They may represent the committee findings on past DEA operations, but do not portray DEA's mission or strategies in July, 1976," he said in a statement. The subcommittee's report was based, on an investigation and hearings conducted last year.. It said that "although DEA has presented statistics to demonstrate considerable numbers of arrests of violators and seizures of illicit drugs, the ability of higher echelon dealers and financiers to bring illicit drugs into the United States has not been effectively deterred." The subcommittee said the DEA has concentrated too much on pursuing low- level drug dealers and addicts, and not enough on conspiracy cases targeted against high-level narcotics traffickers. It also complained of a lack of cooperation in exchanging information between DEA and the Customs Service, responsible for protecting the nation's borders and ports of entry against smugglers. Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., acting chairman of the subcommittee, said in-a statement accompanying the repart that DEA and Customs had "declared war on each other - not on the big-time v .international narcotics smugglers and dealers." * * * ' THE DEA was established in the Justice Department on July 1,1973, under an executive order of former President Richard M. Nixon consolidating the enforcement functions of a number of agencies. · Nunn said that despite the subcommittee's criticisms of DEA operations, he was impressed by the efforts of Atty Gen. Edward Levi and Bensinger, "to correct many of the problems they inherited." However, he added that "Congress must also take a major role in this effort" and said the subcommittee will hold hearings later this month to search for ways to improve federal nartcotics enforcement. On the type and level of DEA arrests, Bensinger said that DEA's Class I heroin arrests (major trafficker organization) have increased 106 per cent in the past nine months. Class IV arrests (street level) declined for every drug category in the last nine months of fiscal year 1976 with marijuana Class IV arrests down 45 per cent (1,400 cases), he said. Bensinger also said, "Customs and DEA relations have' been strained in the past but our relations have improved markedly." * * · INTERNAL SECURITY staffing has been increased from 29 inspectors in January to 51 inspectors now, he said and added, "I am impressed by the caliber of the people at DEA." In addition to faulting DEA for a misplaced emphasis on'low-level dealers, the subcommittee questioned reliance on buying narcotics and information by undercover agents, a so-called buy-bust technique, as a principal investigative tool. "More often than not, street level pushers could not identify a major trafficker if they wanted to," the report said. It also said that integrity problems with DEA personnel have resulted from an overemphasis on street-level buybust techniques, with the attendant dangers of corruption, and also from the lack of an independent, fully staffed internal investigative unit. llyaiift large, police reaction to male prostitution is one of lire anillet lire. ''Ourattempt is to keep it uilliin due bounds."*ay* n /.os police official' "B'c In- to limit, not il-n\; this kind o/artirilv." Bv IVler J. Rovr . On any night, in many major cities in the United States, they can be found working the bars, dawdling on corners, smoking nervously as they pace the streets of that part of a city known as their territory. \ Although statistics are scarce, a survey shows that male prostitution is a growing urban problem, or at least a more visible problem than ever before. This is the belief of police department officials in New York, Atlanta. Chicago, Washington, Detroit, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Sacramento and Denver. The survey turned up only one city (Miami) where the police said male prostitution is nonexistent. A Los Angeles lawyer, who says he represents male prostitutes and is himself bisexual, agrees that male prostitution is on the rise. "Where there is gay life, which is everywhere, there is male prostitution. It's convenient, it's usually discreet, it serves the same purpose in the homosexual world that it serves in the straight world," said the lawyer, who permitted only the use of his first name, Allen. Loitering, laughing, sometimes hassling passersby. always keeping a vigilant eye open for vice officers, male hookers in some cities are as familiar as their female counterparts. 11 * THE STREET HOOKER is not always I a homosexual. In Chicago's uptown section, says Ron Dickson, a spokesman for gays, "it's almost considered an acceptable thing for a young boy to go out and sell his body (at $15 to $25 a trick) to help sup-j port the family." Capt. Jack Wilson of the Los Angeles police vice squad says 40 per cent of the I prostitutes arrested in Hollywood are males, and the problem of male prostitution is increasing throughout the city as the gay movement grows. Dave Mosee of the Chicago police department, on the other hand, says male prostitution has been around for a long time in Chicago and has increased only slightly in recent months. Five per cent of those arrested in Chicago | for prostitution are males, he said. In New York where one of every five prostitutes arrested last year was male, | the hookers stroll along East 53rd Street, between Second and Third avenues. "I'd say male prostitution is more visible, I think because there is more awareness, more coming out of the closet. As far I as whether it's more prevalent, I don't know. It is more visible," says Capt. John Saylo of New York's 17th police precinct, which includes East 53rd Street. The police in Washinton say they've I stopped arresting male prostitutes so they can concentrate on an upsurge in female | prostitution during the Bicentennial, which- has attracted thousands of tourists I , to the capital. Lt. Edwin Casey of the prostitution and perversion squad says male j prostitution apparently is increasing in Washington, but most of it is behind closed j doors and the police therefore don't bother j with it. The Denver police take the same approach. "There's no public outcry or complaints," said Capt. Jerry Kennedy of Denver's vice squad. "It's all clandestine, and the rings are not penetrated... There are ] people out there who are aware of the desires of confirmed homosexuals, and they try to fill those needs for a price." How does Kennedy know male prostiu- tion exists? "Other than information from people who are in it, that's all we have," he said. "We don't have any real proof of it." * * * IN ATLANTA gayness seems to be showing itself more and more and arrests of male prostitutes have risen to 30 to 40 a month, says Detective L. T. Cochran of the city's vice squad. "Of all men who patronize male hookers, maybe 15 per cent go to the street I hooker," says Allen, the Los Angeles attorney. The rest go to bars, or make contact with prostitutes through friends, or answer ads placed by male prostitutes in [ underground newspapers. Hollywood's "Spotlight" is one of the better known male prostitute bars. Every night, underneath a sign that reads. "The | Bartender Is Not a Sissy," dozens of men line the bar, waiting to pick up a male prostitute. And in the backroom, seemingly Oblivious to the anxious stares of those along the bar. several hustlers shoot pool, calmly "sizing the tricks." When contact is made, and a price and WVU Workshop To Open Aug. 2 MORGANTOWN,-The third Early Music Workshop at West Virginia University will be Aug. 2-6 in WVU's Creative Arts Center, Harry Elzinga, associate professor of music, said the workshop will focus on music of the medieval, Renaissance and baroque periods. Students will be instructed in lute, viola da gamba, recorder, flute and capped reeds. Fee for the workshop, to be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, is $75. Participants who complete the course may earn two hours credit. For more information, write to Dr. Harry Elzinga, Associate Professor of Music, Creative Arts Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506. festival Opens MINNORA-The Upper West Fork Arts | and Crafts Festival will be held at the Minnora Community Park on W.Va. 16 be-1 tween Arnoldsburg and Ivydale July 30 j through Aug. 1. A the act agreed upon, the hustler and his client are gone. Often in less than an hour, the hustler is back. The best of them earn up to $100 a trick. Doug, 30, is a hustler who works the bars in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. He says his hustling is "by no means a sole means of support. I do it just for the thrill of it. It's exciting to do it and it's pleasurable ..." "I was brought up in a strict Catholic home in Boston, with super-straight parents, and I just lived a straight life. I never had any sexual experience until 1 came out here, but I often wondered why I was aroused by men. I go't into hooking because I've enjoyed it .. .And of course, it's always good for a quick $25." Spokesmen for gay organizations say that in many cities, street and bar hookers' are far outnumbered by "callboys,' 1 hustlers who advertise in underground papers. Much of the advertising is done in "The Advocate," a nationally-circulated gay publication. "The ads are the safest and most convenient way," says Bob, a middleaged Los Angeles executive, who is married with three children. "You just call up, get a description of the boy, set an appointment and go to his house or apartment. The cost is usually around $30 to $35." By and large, police reaction to male prostitution is one of live and let live. "Our attempt is to keep it within due bounds," says Wilson of the Los Angeles police. "We try to limit, not deny, this kind of activity." "Who are you going to send up there to investigate," asks Capt. Kennedy of Denver, where most male prostitution is confined to a few gay bars. "Are you going to send a policeman up into all them gays to find out what's going on? With our limited manpower, we work on the obvious, and that's not one of them." * * * HOWEVER, police react with vigilance to scandal, particularly when young boys are involved in homosexual activities. In the aftermath of Houston's 1973 sex- murder case, in which the bodies of 27 teenagers were found in shallow graves, the Houston police department assigned two-men to prevent abuse of young boys. The two have since made 37 arrests, one involving an employment counselor who urged boys to his home with the promise of jobs. Another case involved two men found in a downtown hotel with a group of jjnior high school boys. "Our purpose is not to go looking for people because they are gay," says Johnny Freeman of Houston's special sexual child abuse squad. "We are out there to prevent any child from being injured or mentally disturbed by some adult who feeds on children for his sexual pleasure." Indeed, there are a number of homosexuals, called "chicken hawks," who have a penchant for young boys, often taking youngsters into their homes, giving them money and gifts in exchange for sex. "It's a very common thing, especially with runaways," says Los Angeles Deputy Dist. Atty. Jim Grodin. "And it's very difficult to prosecute an adult male on the word of these kids. The kids look at us as the enemy, trying to ruin a good thing for them." The director of the National Gay Task Force. Dr. Bruce Voeller, thinks that male and female prostitution are parts of the same social problem. "As long as people in our society are as hostile toward sex as they are, there's going to be prostitution," Voeller said. 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