said Paul Burkhart, a psychiatric
technician and program director
who works at Atascadero State
Hospital with sex offenders.
"A lot of kids litterally work
their way across country by being
male prostitutes. There's even a
song about it, "Walk on the Wild
Procurement rings in Dallas
and Los Angeles are known to
have used teen-agers, someof them
minors, under the ruse of travel
and education programs.
Los Angeles police have broken
up about a half dozen such operations in the last five years. A
small scale procurement ring is
known to be under investigation by
authorities in San Diego.
In Dallas, police broke up what
they said was a nationwide ring.
, Although the names of an estimated
50,000 persons were seized in the
raid, a thorough check revealed
that only about 1,500 persons act-
r ually may have been involved either
,as prostitutes or potential customers. The remainder were justinn-
ocent persons on mailing lists the
operation had purchased.
Prospective customers were
sent pictures of 30 to 50 men available to travel nearly anywhere
in the United States. Sponsors, as
customers were called, paid a finder's fee to the Dallas-based Odyssey Foundation and travel expenses for the "fellow" they selected.
Dallas police were reluctant
to discuss the scope of the operation other than to say that it
was making more than $50,000 a
The Los Angeles-based procurement ring worked almost identically. The California Golden Boys
advertised they had "regular
clients as far away as Europe and
Described as a small scale but
high class operation, the California
Golden Boys required prepaid air
fare to their destination and $125
for the first 24 hours.
Two Burbank men were arrested as leaders of the ring when
they supplied a 15 year old youth
to undercover agents.
Authorities said the operation
had 15 prostitutes on the line,
serving 150 customers. They advertised for clients through the
Advocate, a homosexual newspaper
with a circulation of about 35,000
Johnny Johnston ran a call boy
service on and off for six years
in Los Angeles.
At its peak from 1969-71, he
■ had 50 men working for him. They
serviced about 300 clients, 100 of
them a couple times a month.
A well tanned, well dressed man
with distinguished gray hair at 33,
Johnston left his job as "madame"
several years ago to go back to
the world of business.
He said freelancers were cutting into his business and he just
got tired of the long hours he was
The path Johnston had followed
into the world of prostitution eight
years ago was atypical.
Released in San Francisco by
the Navy with an honorable discharge, he stayed there "exploring my homosexuality" until 1965.
That year he was arrested on a
sodomy charge later dismissed
which lost him his job and angered
him so that he left San Francisco
and came to Los Angeles.
"I had $7 in my pocket and was
walking down Hollywood Blvd. when
I was approached by a hustler,"
he recalled. "Then I accepted one
offer after another. You might say
I was pushed into it by society."
Johnston knows his reason
sounds like an excuse but he believes it.
Before long he had stepped into
a "supervisory role" and his business grew to a highly sophisticated
and tightly run stable of 50 men
whom he had on call.
Tnt*r ,ton said a great manv of
his "boys", as he likes to call
them were students working their
way through college.
He recalled one 27 year old
medical school student hard pressed for money to get through his
last year. The student worked for
the year and leftprostitution immediately upon graduation.
"He is a doctor today," Johnston boasted, obviously feeling
Most call boys stay in the business only as long as they have to,
said Johnston, with an average life
as a call boy lasting only six months
A 22 year old prostitute working
in a Los Angeles male massage
parlor is saving money to go back
to school, maybe in New York to
major in art.
At the rate he's makingmoney,
it shouldn't take too long.
In a good week he makes $400,
$200 in a bad week. His salary
comes in the form of 20% of the
cost of massages (ranging from
$20 to $45) and all the tips for
He said he had his first homosexual experience when he was 17.
On four occasions when he was
19 he attempted to sell himself.
But each time he backed down
"because I couldn't cope with it
A year ago, "after I'd been
around and seen it all," he went
into the business first in San Francisco and now in Los Angeles.
What kind of homosexual goes
to a massage parlor, uses a call
boy service or picks up a hustler
on Selma Ave. in Los Angeles or
Turk St. in San Francisco?
"Someone who is buying fantasy," according toNewtonDeiter,
a 42 year old psychologist who
is openly gay.
Deiter who counsels at the Gay
Community Services Center, 1614
Wilshire Blvd., says most of those
seeking prostitutes usually want
the depersonalization and lack of
emotional involvement that such a
passing relationship provides.
They may be married with families or businessmenorcivicleaders who have not "come out" and
openly professed their homosexuality.
Johnston said one of the most
satisfying experiences of his career
involved a man who wrote him a
letter praising the availability of
"He was happily married with
a 17 year old son" Johnston recalled. "He wrote that by using
our service it kept him from ever
making an improper advance toward his son something he had
fought back for years."
More often than not, the customer might be a young person
experimenting with his sexuality
or an older gay attempting to reassert his sexuality.
"The old adage, 'Nobody loves
you when you're old and gay,' is
true," said a 25 year old student
in San Francisco whose classified
ad in the Berkeley Barb describes
him as "handsome,muscularanda
Prostitution in the homosexual
community probably is just as
stratified as in the heterosexual
High class call boys working
only on referrals look down on
those prostitutes working in bath
houses and massage parlors. Beneath them come the freelancers
advertising in underground newspapers. On the bottom rung of the
ladder is the common street hustler who is sometimes lucky to
make $20 a night.
But the organized prostitution
business call boy referral rings,
bath houses, massage parlors find
competition from the freelancers
Mr. Arnold Lawson, spokes
man for the Houston branch of the
Metropolitan Community Church,
has informed the Nuntius that the
MCC Houston has now secured a
The church will be located at
2020 Waugh Drive, in the middle
of 06 and convenient to all. This
project has been long awaited and
worked for by a few hard-working
dedicated members of the Houston
The building was rented and
the Church was given the first
months rent for cleaning it up
and preparing for their services.
The MCC has been a big asset
to the community as a whole in
each city it is in.
If you have a few nimutes -
drop by and see what you can do
to help the MCC and at the same
time benefit yourself and the community. They will appreciate any
help or words of encouragement
we might give them.
The first meeting is scheduled
for the first Sunday in February
and Mr. Lawson said; "we hope
to have Rev. Richard Vincent as
apeaker but he is in New Orleans
at this time hekping to organize
MCC there and his coming to Houston is not definite right now."
FT WORTH: 2800 Purington
Sunday Services: 7:30 pm
David Carden, Interim Pastor