Unintended Consequences…In Porn?

Los Angeles has long been dubbed the king of the porn industry where many X-rated productions are shot. However, last year  film permits were down 90% (40 permits compared to 485) and this year only 20 permits have been issued. This is all a result of a measure that was put up to a vote by L.A. County voters in November 2012 titled Measure B.  This measure was passed and mandated that all male performers must wear a condom. Advocates believed that using a condom would prevent the spread of AIDS, but actors, production companies and fans have responded a bit differently than voters may have intended.

“We’re not shooting in L.A. anymore,” said Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment. “We’d like to stay here. This is our home, where we’ve produced for the last 30 years. But if we’re forced to move, we will.”

Actors are not wearing protection, because fans do not want to see it. Production companies are moving outside of L.A. County to places as far as Europe. In many cases, companies are filming without permits so the potential spread of diseases is not actually decreasing, rather it has just moved elsewhere. (As a general note, porn performers are tested every 2 weeks for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 2004 was the last known case for an actor to contract HIV on set.) L.A. County voters, who may have thought they were acting morally by voting for Measure B, not only took away the right for companies to operate as a way they best see fit, but they also are hurting a $7 billion dollar a year industry…and all the tax dollars that come from it.

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