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Should the adult film industry move to Nevada?

Many in the adult film industry have said people do not want to watch porn with condoms.

The Southern California porn industry finds itself in a bit of a conundrum. Los Angeles passed a law that requires all porn performers to wear condoms starting March 5, and AIDS activists are gathering signatures for a November ballot measure that would extend the law to all 88 cities in LA County.

If the industry wishes to stay put, it runs the risk of losing revenue. Many in the industry have said that people don’t want to watch porn with condoms.

The alternative, it seems, is to make films where such laws don’t exist. Like, say, Nevada. We say, why not?

For starters, Nevada has a long tradition of making money from sex, from the legal brothels spread throughout the state to the annual AVN convention in Vegas, which continues to be a big draw.

And there’s celebrity factor. It’s not at all uncommon during AVN to see nightclub hosting duties fall to Jenna Haze, Stormy Daniels, Katie Morgan or Bree Olson. Should the industry decide to set up shop here, its stars would be nightclub magnets year-round.

Then there’s the money Nevada stands to make. According to the most recent numbers, the porn industry brings in around $4 billion annually. The real question in all this is whether Nevada would embrace the porn industry should it decide to come here. And while we currently appear to have less restrictive laws than Southern California, that could quickly change.

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