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Porn production down 90 percent in Los Angeles

File photo: An empty condom package rests on a table during the shooting of a porn scene for the adult film production company Vivid, 18 May 2004, on the set in Canoga Park, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
File photo: An empty condom package rests on a table during the shooting of a porn scene for the adult film production company Vivid, 18 May 2004, on the set in Canoga Park, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
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Pornographic movie production has plummeted in Los Angeles County in the wake of a 2012 law requiring performers to wear condoms.

The Los Angeles Times says only 40 permits were issued for X-rated productions last year in L.A. city and county — down 90 percent from 2012.

FilmL.A. — the nonprofit group that handles permits — says just 20 permits were issued through July of this year.

Vivid Entertainment and Penthouse Entertainment both have stopped shooting films in the city.

That's a change from the decades when L.A.'s San Fernando Valley was the center of a multibillion-dollar industry and comes amid a continuing flight of mainstream productions out of state.

The condom measure was backed as a disease prevention measure, but producers say customers just don't like condom porn.