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Condom Law Pushes Porn Productions Out of LA; Adult Film Work Moves to Sin City

By Tony Sokol | January 18, 2014 10:39 AM EST

Condom laws in Los Angeles is causing an exodus in the porn industry. Adult films are moving to Las Vegas, Sin City, where the atmosphere is more accommodating.

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The Los Angeles law requiring male actors to wear condoms is causing a boom in X-rated production in Sin City.

A 2012 Los Angeles County law that requires male porn stars to wear condoms is pushing the adult film industry towards Las Vegas, Nevada, where filming can doesn't have to deal with regulatory hurdles. According to USA today, the porn industry is also being hit with the high cost of operating a business in Los Angeles.

USA Today reported that the porn industry has suffered in Los Angeles County since the 2012 condom law took effect. According to Film LA, a private nonprofit that issues the licenses, the number of license applications dropped 95 percent. Porn film licenses plummeted from about 480 in 2012 to 24 in the first nine months of 2013.

Porn producers Brazzers, Bait & Tackle, Corbin Fisher, VCX Ltd. and newcomer Bluebird Film have already moved to Las Vegas

There is no law that requires adult performers to use of condoms in Clark County, where Vegas is located. Porn performers don't even have to get health examinations under the law. It's also cheaper to get filming permits. Adult DVD sales are dropping after the boom caused by "Fifty Shades of Grey." Porn producers are looking to cut overhead. Even the warehouses are cheaper in Las Vegas.

The Adult entertainment Expo is running this week in Las Vegas this week. Jules Jordan, co-owner of Mission Control studios and also directs web films, said: 'It's not really an option to change the way we make our movies, and moving production isn't that hard.'

Lee Roy Myers, who produces porn films in Southern California says "Las Vegas is a fresh town, and it's where people need the business."

Myers also says the atmosphere is friendlier to porn in Las Vegas, he says "They're used to it here because they already kind of have it. Figuring out how to make these things more cheaply won't include shooting in Los Angeles."

Clark County commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said "It's a legalized industry and properly regulated, so I don't see it as a problem. I think the city and the county will benefit from any expansion of the film industry. It's economic diversification."

There is some belief that Clark County may be forced to adopt the same regulations as LA now that the industry is moving.

James Deen, a porn star who made "Game of Bones" and also played with Lindsay Lohan in "The Canyons" said, "The issue with running to Vegas is it doesn't actually fix anything. We should explain to the people who put that law in place why it's unnecessary, and appeal it the same way any community would appeal any asinine law."

The voter-approved Los Angeles regulation was challenged in court as unconstitutional, but passed anyway. Lawsuits are ongoing.

 

 

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