SOC 229 Lecture 21: Tea Room Trade – Week 8 (Nov 2)

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Tea Room Trade Week 8
Tea Room Trade NOV 2
What is the big deal?
- There are no kids involved
Police
- They photograph them going into the washroom with a time then a photograph of them
coming out with time
- They identified them with numbers and letters
- Number 1 is the first person in there, and a letter for how many times they have been in
their (1A,1B)
- Had all the info about them
- When these men were arrested, they broke down and cried, the police had to spend a lot
of time counselling these men
o B/c their names were going to be in the paper
o A lot of them went back to the police department b/c they had no one to talk to
except the detectives
- The data gathered was extremely detailed
- The data, video tapes were never used in courts b/c most of them plead guilty
Location
- Malls are the most frequented place for Tea Room Trade b/c mall washrooms are in
secluded spaces
- Humphreys were all in public parks, out of the way
- Profs were mostly in malls and 1 public park
- A lot more malls since Humphreys study
- Malls are open year round, convenient places, free parking, shoppers make it convenient
for tea room sex
- Parks are riskier, hard to account for yourself “what are you doing here” in a mall it is
obvious
Discovering the Tea Room
- Some times its hard to fine
- Sometimes they accidently find it
- These days the internet plays a major role
- If you are aware of Tea Room Trades, it’s not hard to find them
- Doesn’t take to long to find
- Didn’t take Humphreys a long time
- The media let people know that about these kinds of activities first (Newspapers)
o Advertising to men, and if they are interested they can go searching for it and find
it
o Instead of people being deterred they are encouraged, b/c these kinds of activities
provide them with pleasure
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They photograph them going into the washroom with a time then a photograph of them coming out with time. They identified them with numbers and letters. Number 1 is the first person in there, and a letter for how many times they have been in their (1a,1b) The data, video tapes were never used in courts b/c most of them plead guilty. Malls are the most frequented place for tea room trade b/c mall washrooms are in secluded spaces. Humphreys were all in public parks, out of the way. Profs were mostly in malls and 1 public park. A lot more malls since humphreys study. Malls are open year round, convenient places, free parking, shoppers make it convenient for tea room sex. Parks are riskier, hard to account for yourself what are you doing here in a mall it is obvious. These days the internet plays a major role.

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