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Porn Condom Enforcement In L.A. County Questioned

November 14, 2012  | 

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After voters passed a mandatory condom law for porn performers, Los Angeles County officials began sorting out how such a law would be enforced. Sworn personnel may play a role.

Possible answers include government officials overseeing filming to make sure condoms are used or surprise inspections of unlicensed shoots. County Department of Public Health officials could be asked to view adult movies for evidence of violations, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Adult filming takes place in many communities in Los Angeles County, especially the San Fernando Valley where the Los Angeles Police Department responds to citizen complaints about noise, disturbances, and public displays of indecent exposure or lewd conduct.

LAPD officers in North Hollywood and Devonshire divisions who regularly respond to adult filming sets typically wouldn't be checking for condom use but could partner with health officials, Devonshire's Lt. Tim Gorsney told POLICE Magazine.

"My understanding is the driving force will be public health," Lt. Gorsney said. "We would use all assets to fix or address a problem. If we're having citizen complaints about illegal filming, we would make sure they [health officials] were involved to take whatever actions to solve the problem."

The foreclosure crisis has created a market for low-cost filming locations for the adult industry, Lt. Gorsney said.

"You're seeing filming locations throughout the region," Lt. Gorsney said. "Wherever you have places that can be rented out cheaply, that’s where you're seeing them film."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department maintains its Malibu-Lost Hills station, and patrols the western Valley. A department spokesman told POLICE Magazine it's unclear whether deputies would be asked to enforce this law.

"I just don't know," said Steve Whitmore.

By Paul Clinton

Tags: LAPD, L.A. County Sheriff, Porn, Vice Enforcement


Comments (12)

Displaying 1 - 12 of 12

Gerald @ 11/14/2012 6:40 PM

Conservatives:
Complain about big government and intrusion into business.

Vote for law that creates added bureaucracy and cost to doing business.

Scott Jacobs @ 11/14/2012 6:45 PM

No real added cost... They'll just move production (and likely offices) to somewhere that doesn't want to regulate or tax the hell out of them...

WSWEBER @ 11/15/2012 7:22 PM

Conservatives? It's kind of hard to argue the LA area as conservative. On the other hand, they do have an over abundance of people who want the government to enact laws for everything and then complain about it later.

I agree though with the previous post, just like any other industry, they'll move to a place with less restrictions or regulatory interference as soon as it becomes a burden.

Hoshi @ 11/15/2012 8:31 PM

During Gov. Browns first term we had the Governors fruit police, now there will be the Mayors penis police. Lunacy, sheer lunacy.

Joe @ 11/15/2012 9:31 PM

Stupidest law ever.

John @ 11/16/2012 2:07 AM

Gerald might be an ignorant liberal, but he would probably make a good penis inspector.

Gus @ 11/16/2012 6:20 AM

WTF?! Or not! LOL!

Dan @ 11/16/2012 7:35 AM

Typical government bureaucracy. But that would be prime duty for the right person. LOL

PD @ 11/16/2012 2:09 PM

"We would use all assets to fix or address a problem."

How the heck do I get that job???

But on a serious note, I would like to congratulate the voters in LA on taking yet another revenue source and convincing them to leave the state. Las Vegas couldn't possibly be a prime location for video shoots.

David Dean @ 11/16/2012 8:48 PM

So when do they begin recruiting for the position of Penis Police. Ironic that we addressing this "problem" instead of society, State and Federal Houses and our so-called "elected" leaders actually doing something about the budget, education (school, not sex education), and the myriad of assorted issues in our society.

Curt @ 11/17/2012 7:33 AM

Is crime so low in LA that the cops are bored and looking for something to do? Why are our LA brothers lowering themselves by getting involved in this kind of bullshit? Where do the CA voters get off telling other people that they have to use condoms? Mind your own damn business! You've already proven that you can't properly manage your own lives so stop trying to tell others how to live.

Doug @ 11/25/2012 3:09 PM

It seems to be an issue more in line with an OSHA inspection (personal protective equipment & workplace safety) than a Police issue. How would the Police conduct checks? Maybe a SWAT entry with the command
"everybody freeze, drop your pants and let us see your ****".
Get real, use tax money and the Police to stop crime.

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