A new resentment is growing between the New York City Police Department and gay men who frequent the city’s adult video stores. Increased arrests for prostitution at the video shops have some men crying foul, claiming that how undercover police go about making the arrests is confusing if not illegal:
Police are allegedly using handsome young undercover cops to cruise middle-aged gay men, offering to go home with them for consensual sex. As they leave the store together, the cop offers to pay the man for the sex, confusing the victims who can’t imagine why the younger man would make such a proposal. Then, as they walk out of the store, the victim, despite never having agreed to any exchange of money, is surrounded by undercover cops, handcuffed and charged with prostitution.
City Councilwoman Christine Quinn is currently working with the mayor’s office, the police department and gay community groups to try and schedule a meeting to “get to the bottom of this.”