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Old 09-19-2004, 02:35 PM
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L.A. Porn Industry Stung by First Condom Fines

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L.A. Porn Industry Stung by First Condom Fines
Fri Sep 17, 2004 07:21 PM ET

By Jill Sergeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The lucrative Los Angeles porn film industry was reeling on Friday by news that two production companies had been slapped with the first fines for allowing actors to perform without condoms.

California's state health and safety board fined Evasive Angles and TTB Productions $30,560 each for making porn movies which it said exposed three actors to HIV infections.

It was the first time that the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) had taken regulatory action against the multibillion dollar adult film industry in Los Angeles, which employs some 6,000 people in 200 production companies turning out dozens of films and videos a week.

"This is a huge departure. This is really like dropping a bomb," said Sharon Mitchell, director of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM) which runs a voluntary HIV-screening program for the industry.

"I think the industry will contest this. These companies will be a test case," Mitchell said.

Evasive Angles and TTB Productions could not be reached for comment.

The fines followed an HIV outbreak last April involving five actors who tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. The nervous industry shut down voluntarily for a month while about 50 actors who had worked with those infected awaited test HIV test results.

Porn film producers have resisted compulsory condom rules saying they take the sizzle out of sex scenes and consumers do not want to watch safe sex. But Cal/OSHA said porn actors had the same legal right to a safe workplace as employees in more conventional businesses. Officials said action against other adult film companies could follow.

Business in what is dubbed "Porn Valley," in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, has flourished over the past decade fueled by the Internet and home computers.

Mitchell said that while supporting testing and voluntary programs to protect sex workers, she was concerned that heavy-handed regulation would push the industry underground.

Porn actor Tony Tedeschi, who has worked in the industry for 15 years, commended OSHA's intervention although he said he did not insist on using condoms. "If I did, I wouldn't be able to work," Tedeschi told the Los Angeles Times.

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Old 09-19-2004, 04:26 PM
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Man, I hate OSHA.
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Old 09-19-2004, 05:50 PM
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They need to fine them folks. Shit don't they know that porn stars started getting Aids/HIV from performing raw sex on video? They showed it happening on MTV when they was doing a True Life segment on porn stars. Just because a porn star says they have been tested negative doesn't mean they're telling the truth. I say fine em.

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Old 09-19-2004, 05:55 PM
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They need to fine them folks. Shit don't they know that porn stars started getting Aids/HIV from performing raw sex on video? They showed it happening on MTV when they was doing a True Life segment on porn stars. Just because a porn star says they have been tested negative doesn't mean they're telling the truth. I say fine em.

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I think that regulation would work better than fining. Jut adjust sex industry laws and regulations fron The Netherlands to fit the USA Adult Entertainment industry.
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Old 09-19-2004, 05:56 PM
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I think that regulation would work better than fining. Jut adjust sex industry laws and regulations fron The Netherlands to fit the USA Adult Entertainment industry.
I say they have a system in which each actor is tested and confirmed NEGATIVE before filming AND have them use condoms still.

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Old 09-19-2004, 06:03 PM
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I say they have a system in which each actor is tested and confirmed NEGATIVE before filming AND have them use condoms still.

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*nods* I never said anything about the condom use, but I agree that in the age of growing STD-rates that the adult entertainment industry needs to hold a standard for safe-sex. I just think that the regulations could use an overhaul like what The Netherlands uses for their prostitution industry- prostitutes are required to perform safe sex and be tested for STDs on a regular basis.
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Old 09-19-2004, 08:09 PM
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If you are a porn actor, aren't you aware of the risk you are taking? I think the government should stay out of it.
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:10 PM
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If you are a porn actor, aren't you aware of the risk you are taking? I think the government should stay out of it.
I don't think so. Porn is a business, so the goverment will get involved whether you want them to or not.

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Old 09-19-2004, 09:32 PM
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If you are a porn actor, aren't you aware of the risk you are taking? I think the government should stay out of it.
I agree. In 2004, anyone who isn't aware that unprotected sex, with strangers who have sex for money, is risky, is really, really stupid.
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Old 09-19-2004, 11:10 PM
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I agree. In 2004, anyone who isn't aware that unprotected sex, with strangers who have sex for money, is risky, is really, really stupid.
Co-sign. If the money one makes as a porn "actor" is more important than his life or health, let them do what they want.
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