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Statewide Condom Requirement Proposed for California Porn Industry

Update Date: Feb 24, 2016 10:42 AM EST

California workplace safety officials have been bombarded by the makers of porn to not force condoms or other measures such as safety goggles, designed to stop spreading of STDs, because these devices will kill the "aesthetic" appeal of the movies and people will stop watching porn films.

"All of us are here for the same reason. We want to keep California workers safe," porn actress SiouxsieQ, who also writes for various porn industry publications, told the state Division Occupational Safety and Health's Standards Board in a public hearing. They pleaded to the board that adopting these regulations would require the actors to wear condoms as well as other safety measured that the audiences do not like to see. As a result, people will stop watching porn and affect a multibillion-dollar industry that employs many, Los Angeles Times reports

California voters, through a ballot, will be given the prerogative to decide whether the pornographic actors should wear condoms or not. The mandate that has been proposed for porn filmed in California would make all the financial stakeholders of X-rated content become liable to civil lawsuits enforced by state resident if they see that the condom rules are not being followed.

The porn industry, however, retaliates saying that the move is unnecessary and would force a profitable business to operate out of Los Angeles. Many pornographers already moved out after an initiative was passed by the voters in 2012 that threatened studios with fines and criminal charges if they do not follow condom rules.

"You've got a better chance of getting HIV by picking up a girl in a neighborhood bar than going to bed with a porn star," says Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, mentioning about the routine testing process followed by reputed porn studios. "The whole idea is just crazy."

"Adult film performers deserve the same safety and health protections as the majority of Californians," says Adam Cohen, a consultant for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which also was behind the Los Angeles initiative and a pending proposal from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) that would require condoms statewide, according to USA News

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