Porn Production Banned While Camarillo Considers Condom Requirement

By Samantha Tata
|  Friday, Mar 29, 2013  |  Updated 7:16 AM PDT
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Porn Production Banned While City Considers Condom Law

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The city of Camarillo is banning adult film production for 45 days while municipal leaders decide whether to adopt a safe-sex ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms, pictured.

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After receiving an unusual number of requests from porn makers to film in the city, Camarillo instituted a 45-day moratorium on adult-film shoots.

The temporary ban will allow officials to review whether to adopt a safe-sex ordinance, similar to Los Angeles County’s voter-approved Measure B, which requires all porn actors wear condoms while filming.

Last week, the city received "two or three" inquiries from adult-film makers, city attorney Brian Pierik said. In his 12-year tenure, Pierik cannot recall an incident before last week in which adult-film makers asked to film in the Ventura County city of 65,000.

Whether the search for a set in Camarillo is related to the newly enforced condom law in Los Angeles County and Simi Valley is pure speculation, Pierik said.

"One did ask if we had a condom ordinance," he said. "It may be that they are looking to surrounding communities to see if they can find other venues to film."

The Camarillo City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to take the "time out" and review their options, Pierik said.

In 45 days, the city can either let the moratorium expire, extend the ban or consider requiring porn actors use prophylactics on set.

Voters last year chose to expand LA city’s ordinance mandating condom use on adult film sets to include the entirety of Los Angeles County.

Among the measure’s opponents were porn producers and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, which feared the law would push the adult-film business from the San Fernando Valley, the so-called porn capital of the world.

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