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Gay History - February 5, 1981: "Operation Soap" Toronto Bathhouses Raided, Over 300 Gay Men Arrested
On February 5th, 1981 more than 200 plainclothes police officers raided four Toronto bathhouses leading to the largest mass arrest since the October Crisis ten years earlier. In total, 289 were charged with being “found-ins of a bawdyhouse” and two were charged with “buggery”. Men speaking out in the aftermath of the raids described severe misconduct on …