News

Is California’s Porn Industry Moving to Vegas?

welcome to las vegas

peter acworth of kink.com

As condom bill AB 1576 heads to the California Senate next month, Kink has been quietly testing filming across the border in Las Vegas. Kink, which owns over two dozen porn sites including Bound Gods and Naked Kombat, has been based in San Francisco since Peter Acworth (pictured above) started the company in 1997. “We don’t want to move out of California,” Acworth said. “But we will if we have to. This bill not only denies performers’ choice, it would effectively render most existing adult film production illegal.”

Bill AB 1576 was introduced on January 30, 2014 by Rep. Isadore Hall and proposes to make condom use mandatory on all adult films shooting within the state. Proponents of the bill say that it will ensure better health and safety protection for adult industry workers, while opponents like Acworth say, “The bill strips producers and performers of important health protections and will ultimately drive production underground, resulting in less safe working conditions.”

AB 1576 passed through the Assembly on May 27, 2014 in a vote of 48 for the bill, 13 against, and 18 votes under “other.” The bill must pass in the California Senate next month before being signed into law.

But some adult filming companies aren’t waiting. In a statement issued on July 16, 2014, Kink.com confirmed that it had leased office and production space in Las Vegas and has already completed production on its first two videos. Acworth added there were no production issues and the studio is poised to move more production out of their San Francisco Armory headquarters should AB 1576 become law. (Watch Acworth in the video below.)

Currently Nevada requires condoms for prostitution because sex workers come in contact with the untested general public, but pornographic filming does not require the use of rubbers because performers are regularly tested for STIs.

“Vegas is looking more and more attractive as time goes by,” Acworth said. “The cost of doing business out there is lower. The resources are slowly moving there. It’s becoming easier and easier to do business.” And he adds that many companies have been testing production in Las Vegas. “They’re setting up satellite offices and getting their feet wet with Vegas as a potential place to shoot.”

Check out Peter Acworth’s blog or follow him on TwitterAS?. And to learn more about AB 1576 and what you can do to stop it, visit Stop AB1576!

Previous ArticleNext Article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *