Posted by: EmperorYogi
In January of 2012, Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance that required any porn actors working in the city to use condoms. The law faced harsh criticisms from those in the porn industry, and many felt that the industry was being unfairly punished after a handful of high-profile porn stars became infected with HIV.
According to the LA Times, the city of Los Angeles is beginning to realize just how much it will cost to enforce its condom law – and the numbers don’t look pretty.
The city estimates that it will have to hire a number of medical professionals to travel around to various porn shoots and ensure that the laws are being followed. Specifically, the city will have to hire over 100 employees at a cost of $1.7 million. An alternative plan involved using existing fire department employees to supervise various porn shoots around the city – which would still tie up valuable city resources and pose a threat in the event of an emergency.
$1.7 million is a lot of money to pay to ensure that porn laws are being followed. That number also doesn’t take into account the cost of lost business to the city of Los Angeles. How many porn producers are going to leave town when condom laws start to be enforced? How many have already left town for greener pastures?
Ultimately, the porn industry isn’t happy with the condom law, and the city of Los Angeles doesn’t seem willing to pay the costs of enforcement. This has left many debating the point of the law at all – especially since the Los Angeles porn industry has generally been quite good at regularly testing its stars for sexually transmitted diseases.
We don’t know what the future will hold for Los Angeles’s condom law, but as it stands now, it doesn’t seem very popular.