It seems that government laws and regulations are having negative effects on virtually every industry in the United States, including the pornography industry.
In Los Angeles, licenses to produce adult films dropped 90% in 2013. This came after new laws were put in place by the county requiring that condoms be used by performers. The new law came at the recommendation of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, even though industry advocates protested that the industry conducts regular health screenings. Now, California is considering extending the law statewide and several porn producers have moved their productions either out-of-state or overseas.
According to the Guardian:
Penthouse Entertainment, which produces up to 80 movies a year, has halted local shoots. “This month we’re shooting 10 movies in Brazil,” said Kelly Holland, managing director for Penthouse Entertainment. “Last month, we shot five movies in Europe. It’s just too complex to shoot here.”
The exporting of pornography is the latest and seediest part of the migration of film production known as “runaway production.” Hollywood feature films, TV shows, and now even adult films are leaving high regulation areas such as Los Angeles for greener pastures.