A former traffic officer and call girl who wants to make an explicit movie demonstrating "safe sex" may proceed with a legal challenge to Los Angeles authorities' anti-pornography campaign, a federal appeals court has ruled.
In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a civil rights suit filed by Norma Jean Almodovar and film maker R. N. Bullard seeking to halt the use of pandering laws against makers of adult movies.
Pandering laws, which make it illegal to exchange money for sex, have traditionally been used against pimps. But local law agencies recently have been charging makers of X-rated films with pandering, a practice under review by the state Supreme Court in a separate case.
"Certainly, the requirement that sex be exchanged for money to constitute prostitution might be limited so as not to include performance before a camera," Judge Dorothy W. Nelson wrote for the appeals court.