There's a new reason to call Vegas Sin City: A huge number of adult filmmakers are moving production from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, most likely to avoid safe-sex laws, reports the Associated Press.
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Formerly, Los Angeles was the hot spot for the porn industry. But the city passed a bill requiring all actors to use condoms last year. As a result, film companies simply moved venues to dodge the L.A. health regulationsÃ¢â‚¬”which can slow down production and increase filmmaking costs, according to an article in Forbes. Not to mention: potentially destroy sales. In 2004, when the porn industry tried to go condoms-only, sales dropped by as much as 30 percent.
Since this condom law was implemented, the number of permits acquired to film porn in Los Angeles has dropped by 95 percent, according to FilmL.A., a private nonprofit organization that issues licenses within the film industry. Meanwhile, Las Vegas' Clark County, which has no health regulations similar to L.A.'s mandatory condom use law, has experienced a surge in porn production.
In theory, you'd think that porn stars would be happy about the extra protection and potentially devastated by the location change to avoid the lawÃ¢â‚¬”but many of them have voiced opposition to the mandate.
One argument against mandatory condoms is that prolonged condom use can lead to irritation and painful abrasions, performer Stoya said in an interview with Forbes (the same one mentioned above). Additionally, condoms can make performing more difficult for the men. And since porn actors must be tested for STDs every 14 days, many performers consider the risk to be low and the annoyance of condoms to be not worth it. Adult film performer Danny Wylde wrote a blog post explaining that, while going condomless is a risk, it's one he'd like the choice to takeÃ¢â‚¬”because he'd like to continue making money, rather than go out of business for the sake of a perceived risk.
That being said, the risk is larger than most performers are willing to admit. Regular STD screening doesn't mean that porn performers are safe from STDsÃ¢â‚¬”or that all of them are caught in time to avoid spreading them to other performers. Back in September, prominent adult film stars Cameron Bay and Rod Daily discovered and subsequently revealed they were both HIV-positive. They then publicly put their support behind the mandatory condom law: "If [the production companies] do care that much about the performers, they would use condoms," Daily said in a press conference, according to ABC News. After the HIV revelations came to light, adult film director Tristan Taormino likewise announced that she would require condom use on the set of her filmsÃ¢â‚¬”a departure from her earlier position on the topic.
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