In the year since Los Angeles County voters passed a measure requiring condoms to be used in all adult films made locally, the region has seen a 95% drop-off in film production permits, according to an industry group.
Only 24 permits for adult films have been filed so far in Los Angeles County in 2013, compared with 480 filed in the same period last year, according to the porn industry trade group Free Speech Coalition, citing a report by the film-permitting agency FilmLA.
The coalition estimated that the drop-off amounts to $456,000 in lost revenues to local government, and said that those revenues and jobs have gone to other counties and, in some cases, out of state.
The reported flight of adult film production came despite the fact that the county is doing little to enforce the measure, which is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit. A judge earlier this year ruled that the condom requirement does not violate 1st Amendment free-speech rights, but said that unannounced on-set inspections could violate the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.