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The Number Of Pornographic Films Made In Los Angeles Has Plummeted

Since Los Angeles County passed a law requiring adult film actors to wear condoms, the number of porn films produced in the county has dropped significantly.

According to data released by Film LA, a private nonprofit that issues permits for filming in Los Angeles County, only 24 permits to film pornography have been pulled in 2013 so far, a decline from the 480 issued in 2012.

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Diane Duke, executive director of the adult film industry trade group Free Speech Coalition, told the Associated Press the county lost about $456,000 from permit fees in addition to lost revenue from production:


“And if you think about the associated vendors and jobs that have gone elsewhere, I think that speaks volumes about what this is costing,” she said.

The law, which was supported by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, went into effect last year. Supporters of the law say not much is being done to enforce it and the adult industry is suing to overturn it.

Protesters from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation demonstrate in Los Angeles in 2004. David McNew / Getty

The adult industry shut down twice this year after actors tested positive for HIV, although it was determined the infections did not occur during filming.

A draft of a new California bill would also require adult actors to wear more protective gear such as goggles when filming.

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