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"Three minute men" were patrons of a quasi-legal prostitution industry north of Hotel Street near Honolulu Harbor from December 1941 to September 1944 (World War II). After martial law was declared in Honolulu, local police corruption and regulations were superseded, and a price of three dollars was set by military authorities. To satisfy an immense demand, men were kept in a "bullpen" of three or more rooms, permitting men to dress and undress in assembly-line fashion, while each received only three minutes of personal attention. The practice may have been initiated by Jean O'Hara. [1] [2]

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  1. Beth Bailey and David Farber (1992). "Hotel Street:Prostitution and the Politics of War" (PDF).
  2. Video documentary Sex in World War II:The Pacific Front, airing on The History Channel in the United States