Assembly Bill 332, a bill introduced by California Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D-Los Angeles, 64th Assembly District) which requires condom use in all adult films produced in California, will have its first hearing in Sacramento next week in the California Assembly.
Last year, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the bill’s sponsor, successfully spearheaded Ballot Measure B, the ‘County of Los Angeles Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,— also known as the ‘condoms in porn’ measure, which Los Angeles County voters overwhelmingly approved — 57% to 43% — in the November 2012 election.
Representative Hall’s legislation will take adult worker protections statewide ensuring that the thousands of actors employed in this multi-billion dollar industry are given reasonable workplace safety protections needed to reduce exposure to HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Hall and AHF believe workers in the adult film industry are entitled to the same safeguards and worker protections that any employee in California is.
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Message Subject: I Support AB 332 – Condom Law Will Improve Adult Film Worker Safety on Sets
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge your full support for Assembly Bill 332, authored by Assemblymember Isadore Hall III, (Democrat, 64th District–Compton) and co-authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, (Democrat, 50th District–Santa Monica).
People should not have to go to work and get sick. Workers in the adult film industry are too easily exploited. AB 332 provides Cal-OSHA more tools to protect workers from exposure to disease, including the required use of condoms in adult films.
Most Californians take comfort in knowing that when they go to work, the state is looking out for their health and safety on the job. Tragically, this is not the case for workers in California’s adult film industry. Adult film workers currently are being excluded from the basic workplace health and safety protections we all take for granted. Rather than leaving it to adult film producers to self-regulate, AB 332 will implement effective best practices in an industry that places unrestricted profit above the welfare of workers.
Every major medical and public health association supports the use of condoms in the making of adult films, including the California Medical Association, the National Coalition of STD Directors and Worksafe. Numerous medical studies have consistently shown that these workers are at an exponentially higher risk for serious infections than the general public. Often, in women these infections show no symptoms until late stages and, as a result, their long-term health is significantly endangered.
Going to work should not result in bodily harm or lifelong disability. Since the adult film industry fails to provide even a minimum standard of protection, local communities end up shouldering the burden of cost as the health care providers of last resort.
The adult film industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. This industry has thus far operated unrestricted and pays little attention to the welfare of the people it employs. It is time for taxpayers to stop subsidizing this reckless industry. AB 332 is simply common sense.
AB 332 provides the statewide uniformity needed to ensure that the thousands of actors employed in this multi-billion dollar industry are given reasonable workplace safety protections. I urge you to fully support AB 332. Thank you.