Arizona seems to be to off-limits to relocating adult productions, driven out of LA by the new rule regarding condom use, if Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery is right. He said any move by the pornography industry to film adult content in Arizona might be a violation of the state’s anti-prostitution laws.
Commenting on recent reports that adult studios may move to Arizona, Montgomery said, “Under Arizona law, anyone paid to appear in a pornographic movie may be guilty of the crime of prostitution, which carries mandatory jail time as well as the possibility of other penalties.”
Under Arizona law prostitution is, ‘engaging in or agreeing or offering to engage in sexual conduct under a fee arrangement with any person for money or any other valuable consideration’ – which could be construed to include porn production. It also states that ‘prostitution enterprise’ includes any corporation, partnership, association or other legal entity or any group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity engaged in providing prostitution services.
Montgomery added in an official statement, “Furthermore, anyone involved in other aspects of producing pornographic movies, including soliciting individuals to appear, collecting a fee from the monies received by individuals solicited to appear by virtue of an agent relationship, transporting individuals from California to Arizona for the purpose of appearing in a pornographic movie, and/or establishing a venue for the filming and/or production of pornographic movies may be guilty of committing one or several felonies in the state of Arizona.”