Raynham, MA (population 12,000) hosts a Video X-tra Adult Superstore. The Enterprise, a regional newspaper, reports today:
The business–the town’s only adult video store featuring closet-sized video “preview viewing” rooms–has become an indoor meeting spot for men seeking sex with other men, a Sunday Enterprise investigation has shown…
Larry Ravech of Stoughton, one of the store owners, said he was not aware of any sexual activity in the viewing booth area.
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” he said.
An Enterprise reporter went into the store three times last week and was propositioned several times, including by one customer who bluntly asked–using slang terms–if he wanted oral sex.
A used condom was observed on the floor of one booth at the business.
Several residents on Sunday said they didn’t want the store and the anonymous sexual activity it attracts in town.
“I’m really disgusted. It just makes the town more seedy than it is,” said Mark Danahy, 51…
Experts say indoor meeting places, such as the Raynham video store, are the latest sex trend as police try to push sexual activity out of highway rest areas and other public areas.
But with anonymous sexual activity comes increased health and safety risks, including the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, experts say.
“There are a number of health issues,” said Michael P. Murtagh, a forensic psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Bridgewater State College.
Some officials in Raynham seem to believe their options are limited, as long as the sex in the booths is not exchanged for money. However, health regulations, such as removing doors from booths, are clearly permissible under the law. See also Kittery’s experience.