10 Myths of the Porn Industry
1. Porn has a first amendment right.
While federal courts have ruled adult material is covered by the first amendment, these same courts have also ruled Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB's) cannot locate anywhere they want nor sell everything they want. They always bring overwhelming "secondary effects" such as rising crime rate, increased police calls, rise in sexual assault around SOB's, lower property values and attraction of dangerous people. Federal courts have ruled local government has the right to zone SOB's away from residential, churches, parks, government buildings and playgrounds. Local communities also have the right to regulate hours of SOB's. The only requirement is for the local government to zone enough potential locations for SOB's. These can be anywhere. They do not have to be prime locations.2. Leave them alone - they leave you alone
This never happens. SOB's have a bully nature. A 40 year history shows SOB's always push the envelope of the law and just as often break the local laws. History also shows once a SOB is established they always expand in the area and move to other areas in the community. Anyone living or operating in the area, such as churches, will face extreme intimidation often violence as the SOB works to rid any potential opposition from the area.
Prostitution and drug activity immediately increase in the area. This also feeds the growing violence.
This is not theory. There is a 40 year track record with statistics and records so compelling, the federal courts now accept it as legal fact.
3. It's just fantasy. Porn can actually prevent sexual assault.
Statistics (police records) show a 77 percent increase in sexual assault within a one mile radius of a SOB. Sexual offenders going through treatment programs witness porn played a major role in their crimes. The connection is so compelling, all states require a sex offender released on parole not to go to any SOB or it will violate their parole and they immediately go back to prison.
Statistics also clearly show there is a dramatic increase in crime around SOB's and dramatic decrease in property values (30-50 percent) within a two mile radius of SOB's. A very telling proof of this is no owner of SOB's ever live near their sex business. It's too dangerous and they do not want declining values on their own homes or property.
4. You got statistics - they got statistics. Both can argue.
SOB's usually quote statistics from survey's they personally commission to bring a pre-determined result. The statistics we quote are from actual public records collected over 40 years used by the federal courts as being unbiased and accurate. SOB's can no longer challenge these statistics in court.5. If the local people don't visit the adult store, it will close for lack of business.
Less than 10 percent of the customer base of SOB's are from the local community. The overwhelming majority base of SOB's are from people 50 miles or more. An example is the Lion's Den in
Sounds All American but this just isn't so and never has been. The first amendment is not a blank check to say, do or see anything that's out there. For example, you can't yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater for the fun of it. Anything in public, such as signs, TV, radio must comply to regulations limiting what they can write, talk or show in the general public. For example, CBS Network was heavily fined for Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during broadcast of the Superbowl halftime show. The network did not plan the incident, but they were still held accountable.
The Supreme Court has also ruled local communities have the right to determine obscenity based on "community standards" and has a simple legal process to allow communities to determine and define obscenity based on these standards.
7. You can't beat them. Just accept it.
This is one of the biggest lies perpetrated by the porn industry. The fact is communities all across the country are ridding their communities of SOB's. When residents, government and churches work together, victory is virtually assured. Large cities such as
8. Adult stores and strip clubs bring in convention business; Help the local economy.
Check with any convention bureau that promotes their area to businesses/organizations planning conventions. Collectively they spend millions to attract conventions to their communities. Not a single one promotes the SOB's in their area. Businesses looking for convention sites do not consider SOB's as an attraction. For example,
Every time the strip clubs come under attack, the strip club brings out a "stripper" who is a college girl just earning tuition money. The reality is quite different. Statistics (police reports) show over 80 percent of strippers are on drugs, often abused and intimidated to perform stripping. Virtually all strip clubs have been cited for prostitution and drug activity, some hundreds of times. The truth of the matter is the large majority of strippers are either desperate for drug money or forced into stripping and prostitution. Drugs and prostitution bring real danger to the surrounding community and strain the resources of government and law enforcement.10. Adult stores/strip clubs are a legal business or else they would not be allowed to operate.
The fact a SOB is operating does not mean they are operating legally. In fact, We have yet to find a single SOB operating legally. Most are operating because either the local government is corrupt, or cowards or do not want to use resources to fight them. Here are some examples:
About 2 years later, with further investigation, it was proven the "massage spas" were actually part of the largest sex slave ring in the
At another strip club in
Henry County Kentucky, Residents helped stage in an underage buy at a SOB named "Love Stuff" in 2007. It was an open secret this SOB was selling to underage customers for years and the local authorities knew it. The citizens turned over the evidence including surveillence tape to the County Attorney. The County Attorney simply buried case in the system. It's been almost a year and no action has been taken.
There are a large number of illegal activities ongoing at virtually all the SOB's, including drugs and “glory hole” activity. Undercover information has been provided that have forced the local governments to act that have severely impacted SOB's financially and forcing many to close.In short, we have never found a SOB that has opened or operated within the law that all other businesses must comply. The federal courts have ruled local government has the right to enforce strict regulation of SOB's in the interest of public safety. Most local governments refuse and this is the main reason SOB’s remain open. In communities where local government simply enforces the law, SOB's close.