Murder & Scandal in Prohibition Portland Sex, Vice & Misdeeds in Mayor Baker's Reign
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The Portland vice scandal refers to the discovery in November 1912 of a gay male subculture in the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon, following the arrest and interrogation of nineteen-year-old Benjamin Trout for shoplifting. Trout told his interrogators that "he had been 'corrupted' by a number of men in town."
This revelation prompted police investigations and led to the arrest of "dozens of men and youths for crimes ranging from so-called indecent acts to sodomy."
The press used the term "vice clique" to refer to these men collectively.
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