The adult film industry might soon be going through a transformation. The Los Angeles City Council has voted that the actors use condoms in an 9-1 vote.
The proposal now lays in the hands of the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, waiting for a signature.
The council’s final vote was approved without public discussion on a day when most of the people affected by this new law were getting ready for the opening of the Adult Entertainment Expo.
Industry officials are furious about being forced to abide to this law. Christian Mann, general manager of Evil Angel Productions said:
"The only thing that the city could potentially achieve is losing some film permit money and driving some productions away, but you can't actually compel an industry to create a product that the market doesn't want.”
Many people in the industry agree that sales will go down because of this, especially overseas consumers.
Porn-star Tabitha Stevens has worked with and without condoms throughout her 17- year career. And though she prefers to work with condoms, she doesn’t feel like the government should have say in their use.
“If you want to wear them, wear them. If you don’t, don’t. That’s up to the talent to decide.”
Those in support of the new law believe that the mandatory 30 day testing for sexually transmitted diseases is not enough.
Spokesman for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Ged Kenslea, said “We are not opposed to testing, but testing is not prevention in the same way that a barrier protection is.”
Kenslea hardly believes that this law will result in the industry, which is around 90 precent based in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, leaving the area.
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