Kink Fined $78,000 for Porn Condom Policy

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The condom police were out in force. The San Francisco, California company known as Kink.com was fined $78,000 for their policy on handling the use of condoms. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation are the ones who brought the suit against the company. It claims that the condom policy that Kink has in place is too lenient. They are insisting that it endangers the well being of the performers.

Kink.com is run by Cybernet Entertainment. They are a bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism (BDSM) production company. The condom policy they have in place is one that leaves the decision up to the actors whether to use any condoms during a shoot.

The studios of Kink.com are located in San Francisco. They have 200,000 square feet of real estate located inside the old San Francisco Armory. The company started production back in 1997. They have a reputation in the adult film industry of being revolutionizing.

Cybernet Entertainment believes that the company is being targeted by a group that is against the porn industry in general. Mike Stabile, speaking for Kink.com, said that they are all for sensible ideas that protect the actors and actresses, but this outright crusade on morality is more like a solution looking for a problem.

Last year, California Occupational Safety and Health Association (CalOSHA) had received complaints regarding Kink.com. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation accounted for at least one of the complaints. Kink was investigated and cited. Possible contact of exposure to blood had not been minimized and exposure to potentially infectious material was also an issue.

A large portion of the $78,000 fine is $75,000 and addresses the company’s policy of allowing the performers to do scenes without requiring any condom use. Kink shoots mostly gay bareback films and bondage porn without the use of condoms.

The condom issue has been a debate since the onset of some performers testing positive for HIV in the late 90’s. In the early 90’s, it was not a hot topic issue. The porn industry had fewer performers back then. It was easier to keep track of who was working where and who they were doing scenes with.

When the issue of testing for HIV came up, Dr. Sharon Mitchell took it upon herself to create the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Healthcare. Dr. Mitchell was a former porn star and director in the industry and knew what was needed to put safeguards in place at the time.

The porn industry grew. More actors and actresses ventured into the business. There was no longer a way to know who a person had been with or who they would be working with. The industry went from a small family unit and grew into the massive expanse that it is today.

The founder of Cybernet, Peter Acworth, stated that the fines levied on Kink were excessive and motivated politically. Employees of the company did not file the complaints. Outside groups against porn in general are the ones who had filed.

Two performers who worked for Kink had tested positive for HIV in 2013. Cameron Bay and Rod Daily were a couple back then. When the information surfaced of their status, The Free Speech Coalition put a moratorium on shooting. Evidently, The Free Speech Coalition took over what AIM used to do and now keeps track of the STD status of all adult performers.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation had been successful in lobbying to make condoms mandatory on all porn shoots. They wanted every porn shoot that takes place in LA County to be required to use condoms. The bill made it to lawmakers in California, but was then turned down. Kink.com and Cybernet Entertainment will be appealing the fine of $78,000 that was placed on them for their condom policy. AIDS Healthcare Foundation along with CalOSHA will keep fighting for the mandatory use of condoms on every porn set.

By Saki Kahala

AIDS Health/CalOSHA
Examiner AIM Healthcare
San Jose Mercury News

2 Responses to "Kink Fined $78,000 for Porn Condom Policy"

  1. Taz Man   February 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Stop watching porn!

    http://makingandtaking.com/5-reasons-quit-watching-internet-porn/

    Reply
    • Random acts of Intelegence   February 3, 2014 at 2:14 am

      Absolutely none of the bullets in that article are cited not to mention #3 and #4 directly contradict each other.

      Reply

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