NYC authorities break up sex clubs: Peek inside the underground trend
The underground happenings taking place today are reminiscent of the Prohibition Era. Restrictions regarding the novel coronavirus have been around so long people are growing tired of the limitations on their everyday life. They’ve resorted to sneaking around.
Many people would rather stride normally across the minefield that is the COVID-19 pandemic than continue to tiptoe around potential land mines. It’s easy to grow lackadaisical. After the alarm bells have been going off for months you stop thinking of them as something worth paying attention to. They become merely the shrill soundtrack of our day-to-day lives.
The CDC warns against this and continues to influence the governance of the United States. Some states have reinstated lockdown restrictions while others regard their transmission rates as low enough to stifle anything that would further damage the economy.
People are definitely sneaking behind closed doors and ignoring government regulations. For regular party-goers the orders saying only a certain number of people can gather indoors are torture. Apparently, sex clubs are the new speakeasies. Read on to learn more about this underground trend.
The Caligula sex club
A swingers sex club called Caligula was broken up by New York City law enforcement in Queens after being caught breaking the twenty-five person gathering rule for New York businesses in a “yellow zone”.
When police entered the premises there was loud music, alcohol being served unlawfully, and three couples engaged in intercourse in a compact room. Caligula describes itself as a “private upscale on premises swingers club” and the nature of the gathering was evident.
More than eighty people were inside the venue and things like a large cardboard box filled with condoms were found. A sign with prices for what looked like a VIP room was advertised. Four white beds and a leather couch were squashed into a small room. The intentions for the room and party, in general, were pretty clear.
Advertising the risky enterprise
Caligula boldly advertised itself on Facebook. It wasn’t like the speakeasies of old where people were very hush-hush and you had to know a code word to get in. The sex club’s Facebook page posted the announcement for the busted party as having a “Cince de Mayo in November” theme. It was up for the world to see. There wasn’t a thing quiet about it.
Caligula had been hosting swinger bashes almost every weekend since July 4th. Although the club proudly spoke about the many hand sanitizer dispensers available on the premises it failed to take into account the COVID-19 transmission that was bound to happen in the sexually-charged back rooms and breathy jiving taking place on the dance floor.
Who got bagged by the cops?
The 37-year-old manager of the business, Roy Bacoy, was charged with violating an executive order, operating an unlicensed bottle club, unlawfully warehousing alcohol, and violating an emergency measure. He was fined $16,000 in all for his underground activities.
As far as attendees go, 47-year-old Jennifer Hayes was the only one to be fined and given a summons for disorderly conduct. She allegedly displayed some threatening behavior. Hayes told The New York Post, “[The police chief] kept saying how long have you been working there . . . I didn’t work there. I heard them laughing and making fun of everybody. I got angry, I mouthed off . . . they kept me there for four hours.”
Hayes claimed she wasn’t taking part in the sexual aspect of the club and that she was there strictly for the party scene. “I just wanted to dance and see and hear a DJ play music, that was it!” explained Hayes. “There’s no other options. You can’t go anywhere.”
Maybe, just maybe, there are no other options for good reason.