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L.A. Officials Consider Mandatory Condom Use for City-Permitted Porn Shoots

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Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM
click to enlarge Porn-turned-indie star Sasha Grey. - JOANNA8555
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L.A. leaders are pondering a law that would make mandatory condom use a condition of permitting porn shoots inside city boundaries.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation on Monday hailed the City Council's recent vote to have the L.A. City Attorney's office to look into whether the condom requirement would be feasible. If the lawyers give it a green light, the rule could get a vote next month.

Michael Weinstein, president of the AHF, said:

"We commend Councilmember Rosendahl and the entire City Council for their unanimous vote in favor of this legal study to explore making adult film permits conditional on the use of condoms in adult films. Under existing California law, condoms are already required in the production of adult films, yet the industry remains convinced it is above the law. This City Council action is a step toward better enforcement and oversight to safeguard the health and safety of adult film workers. Tying condom use to adult-film production permits is absolutely the responsible thing to do, protecting adult film industry performers who--under the current system of testing--are routinely asked to risk their lives and health in order to continue working."

AHF has been battling the industry over condom use, filing complaints with the state over porn-makers, such as Vivid Entertainment and Hustler, and imploring California officials to enforce workplace safety laws that seem to require condoms on-set.

The state has admitted condoms are required by says it doesn't have the resources to enforce the rule.

Industry leaders have said if condoms are strictly enforced production will go out-of-state and underground, where conditions will be even less safe for performers.

Much of the nation's video porn is shot in the San Fernando Valley, within city limits.

Westside Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has noted that his longtime partner died from AIDS-related complications years ago, introduced the motion to tie permitting to mandatory condom use.

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