Nov 01 2012
LA County Measure B Would Enforce Existing Laws on Condom Use in Adult Films at No Cost to Tax Payers
Next Tuesday, voters in Los Angeles will not only be casting their vote for President of the United States, they will also be deciding on the fate of a number of issues from car insurance to condoms. For Angelinos, along with the various Statewide Propositions on the ballot is the local LA County Measure B, also known as the Safer Sex Initiative, which would require all male actors in adult films to wear condoms while filming pornographic scenes.
While city and state laws already require the use of condoms during filming, most film sets do not actively enforce the rule. Measure B would require the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to visit sets to monitor whether or not condoms were being used, and producers of adult films would need to obtain a special permit from the Health Department before they started filming.
The permit would be granted after the producers received special training about sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fee. AIDS Healthcare Foundation or AHF has contributed $1.6 million dollars to sponsor the measure. The group finds that actors in the adult film industry have a much higher incidence of sexually transmitted diseases primarily because production companies do not routinely test actors. Twenty five adult film actors have been diagnosed with HIV since 2004.
The city stands to save money if Measure B passes, as the burden of caring for sick actors falls on LA County taxpayers since most performers are given few benefits by the companies which employ them.
Opponents of the measure feel that it unfairly targets the adult film industry, claiming that actors are already being adequately tested. Industry leaders are threatening to leave the City if the Measure passes.
A $150,000 contribution was made to the No on B campaign from an adult film company based in Luxemburg. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission pointing out that it is illegal for contributions from foreign countries to influence US election outcomes.
GUEST: Samantha Granberry, Associate Director of Media, at AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Visit www.yesonb.info for more information.