You’ve probably heard the term “adult industry” if you browse the internet or hop from one casino to another during the day. But what does this term really mean? The adult industry can be broken down into a variety of different aspects and is often the brainchild of people who are commonly referred to as “hustlers”. What the adult industry is not is a simple industry made up of men selling sex to men. Instead it is an industry that involves men seeking women to perform sexual acts.
In its most common form, adult entertainment is a word used to describe an unregulated and often largely untapped part of the adult industry that involves sex workers. People who become involved in the adult industry are often referred to as “ambulance chasers” and “human pimp” due to the nature of their work. The term “adult entertainment” is generally applied to cover any sex-related industry, which is primarily composed of people who are either engaged in live sex-acts or are visible within the adult entertainment industry to facilitate or participate in the sexual acts for cash. In other words, anyone who sells sex for money is an adult entertainment worker – even if they don’t perform any live sex acts.
Many people mistakenly think that “adult film performers” and “live entertainment” are synonymous. While many adult film performers do have sexual consent involved in their performances, this is not the norm. Many adult performers work without the knowledge of their clients and, as such, remain unaware when their contracts end and they are able to pursue legal action against their erstwhile employers. Live sexual performances, by contrast, are typically contractual and explicitly define the type of interaction that will take place between adult performers and their clients. Additionally, adult performers are often kept informed about the nature of their sexual relationships with their clients and know what they can and cannot expect from their “partners”.
However, while performers in the adult film industry have the right to express themselves sexually, there is often little they can do to protect their interests beyond complaining loudly on their own behalf to their film production companies. Many producers of adult films are very aware that performers are worried about being fired for speaking their minds and, because of this, many production companies have policies prohibiting employees from discussing issues related to their employment status or being fired for their sexual orientation. Some production companies have even gone so far as to establish gag orders. For example, one company has a policy that employees are required to refer all questions regarding their employment status or firing to their supervisor, and that all references to these policies must be directed at their direct supervisor.
As noted above, the adult industry operates within the confines of a complex legal and ethical system that has evolved over the course of the last century. The legal system in this country is based upon a case of obscenity, which is defined as viewing pornography, engaging in sexual intercourse against the wishes of your partner and/or family and/or enticing a person to engage in “indecent” sexual conduct. While some states, such as Illinois, have already adopted a definition of obscenity more protective of adult entertainment industry workers, other states (including California) have yet to adopt similar definitions. Therefore, it is in the best interests of any performer working within the adult entertainment industry, as well as any individual who value free speech and a free press to engage in a free discussion about sex-related topics that they may come into contact with, to learn about their state’s obscenity laws and to find out what they are.
While the adult industry and the labour that support it have faced charges of illegal exploitation throughout the nation, the charges relating to sex-related issues and human trafficking have been far less prevalent. In most instances, charges of pimping and human trafficking are trumped by claims of prostitution, but that is usually where the cases end up. When an adult performer claims that they were forced to work against their will in exchange for payment, the company will most likely choose to ignore the charges rather than going to trial. The decision to pursue prostitution or human trafficking charges can be based on a host of other factors