EDITORIAL: These performers were lied to about the true risks of working in Porn Valley by the very industry who profits from risking their lives before they even shot their first film. Where is the industry now? Still lying about the risk and shooting porn flicks without condoms.
These performers were not protected per both State and Federal worker safety regulations so they need to speak to attorneys about liabilities for their pain and suffering. These performers lives are now forever changed because no one at a local, state or federal level will step in and enforce The Peoples mandated laws meant to protect us all as working American citizens.
These performers are someone’s sons and daughters. I have 3 kids their age. I get that. Do YOU??
God Bless you for speaking out in an effort to spare others from your own pain. Please know that while it can feel difficult at the time, it is always worth the price to expose the truth about injustice against humanity. It’s not fighting someone else’s battle. Unfortunately, you join the army of this war once you become another victim of Porn Valley and California’s failure to enforce the laws of The People and protect its’ workers lives.
Know that you are saving lives every single time you tell your story. May God and The People help you rebuild and restore in exchange for your efforts to make change in an industry that harms everyone they come into contact with. Thank you!!
Porn actors Cameron Bay and her boyfriend Rod Daily, both of whom recently tested positive for HIV, held a news conference in Hollywood on Wednesday to speak out about the need for condoms in the industry.
Cameron Bay, an adult film performer who became infected with HIV while working in the industry in August 2013, cries as she speaks out about her treatment by the porn industry during a news conference sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Sexual fantasy has suddenly given way to a harsh reality.
Porn actors Cameron Bay and her boyfriend Rod Daily held an emotional news conference in Hollywood on Wednesday, taking aim at what they see as lax health standards that lead them both to contract the HIV virus.
Bay had been in the porn industry just three months before learning on August 21 that she was HIV-positive. A previous test on July 27 had come back negative, and Bay attributes the source of her infection to a July 31 film shoot with San Francisco-based fetish porn company Kink.com.
During that shoot, Bay said, an actor developed a cut on his penis, but cameras kept rolling as the scene with Bay continued to be shot.
Bay and her real-life boyfriend, adult film actor Rod Daily, both recently tested positive for HIV.
“I’m not here to push anything down anybody’s throat, I’m not here to fight anybody’s fight,” Bay said, fighting back tears. “I’m just here to share my story and to get knowledge out there to people and try to prevent anything like this happening to anyone else.”
Daily, who has often shot gay scenes in which the use of condoms is much more prevalent than in straight films, said the sudden spike in reported HIV cases could have been prevented.
“I do know for a fact that condoms will work, have worked, do work,” Daily said.
After a two-week moratorium on making X-rated films, the Free Speech Coalition, a Los Angeles trade group, announced that companies would resume filming porn on Friday. The group said it would also revise its guidelines mandating that porn actors be tested every 14 days rather than the current standard of every 28, for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
“I do know for a fact that condoms will work, have worked, do work,” Rod Daily said at Wendesday’s news conference.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has long pushed for the porn industry to require actors to use condoms while on set, but Kink.com founder Peter Acworth says that the responsibility lies with the porn stars.
“All of our models are informed that they request a condom at any time, that they can stop a shoot at any time, and that they control the scene… We take consent and safety seriously,” Acworth said in a written statement.
Actor Patrick Stone said the problem goes beyond offering condoms to performers, and noted at the press conference that Kink.com had scheduled him for a film shoot despite the fact that he had received a false-positive HIV test.
“They had me scheduled for a shoot tomorrow, and as far as they knew, I was HIV positive,” he said at the press conference.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein added that even regular testing is insufficient when it comes to protecting the health of porn workers.
“Whether or not [Bay] was infected on set, she performed with HIV between her tests,” Weinstein told the LA Times. “If you think that Russian roulette is a great way to protect workers, then the present system is perfect.”