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US porn industry benefits from high unemployment

 

The US adult film industry may have its critics, but demand for porn has never been higher.

In Southern California, the industry has proved a lifeline for many people who found themselves unemployed in the recession.

More people than ever are watching porn. And high demand is all that an industry needs to grow and keep jobs coming.

The US is the top producer of video pornography in the world, and San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles is the porn capital, with 90 percent of the industry. This huge appetite for sex is helping people to get their lives on track.

Hesitant at first to get into the business, but short of money and job prospects, Kelly Devine drove across the country from Pennsylvania to cash in on the sex trade.

“I was worried about what other people would think and I didn’t even know what was thinking, but I was going through a really tough time, I was so broke,”says Kelly.

America’s insatiable desire for porn isn’t just helping the performers stay employed. US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC.

In Los Angeles, one of the busiest sites for on-location filming is a building operated by an adult film studio.

“There is no doubt that there are tens of thousands of people impacted by the adult industry. Either they work directly in the business or someone in their family works in the business,” says Steven Hirsh, head of the world’s largest adult video producer.

He admits the adult entertainment industry is not immune to the recession, but says companies like his are weathering the storm.

Keeping people working at a time when Southern California is battered by record unemployment and imploding finances.

Vivid Entertainment’s stable of stars, includes the Russian-born Russo twins.

Taylor Russo was struggling, working in an office and as a waitress. She decided to trade her two jobs for what she sees as a more exciting and lucrative life in the adult film world. And she’s not the only one switching from a business suit, to a g-string.

“I get everyone from accountants, to dental assistants to librarians, teachers, I had a girl who worked at Walt Disney World,” says director B.Skow.

And now the sexually adventurous can set up their own webcams at home and charge for an interactive experience with the porn watcher.

“I know girls who have gotten into it and they’re willing to do anything and they still can’t get hired,” says porn actress Taylor Russo.

It is this that concerns many conservative groups, who see porn as exploitation of women.

“I understand, but it’s not your right to tell someone else what they can’t do. There’s no morality police out there. People have the right to watch, adults have the right to watch what they want in their home,” says Steven Hirsh.

In this age of risk cable shows like True Blood or Californication, it’s obvious that sex as entertainment is becoming more mainstream. And in Southern California, it’s also keeping many people from sinking into the ranks of the unemployed.

Location

Los Angeles
United States
34° 3' 8.0424" N, 118° 14' 37.266" W

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