This bill written by the mother union of APAG and authored by assemblywoman Garcia criminalizes sex work in CA, incorrectly classifies all adult entertainers as employees, and unfairly targets low income and minority sex workers with threats to their lives, unfair costs, and other requirements.
Below are some of the highlights of the bill that clearly represents ignorance regarding the adult industry, and serves to further stigmatize our industry. Keep in mind the bill writers provided no evidence whatsoever in support of their claims. You can read the full text of the bill here.
If you want to get involved with contacting the Assembly members responsible for this bill you can check out our AB-2389 member contact campaign here and use the hashtag #stopAB2389.
“(b) All adult entertainment workers are now classified as employees in the State of California as determined by Assembly Bill 5”AB-2389
Adult entertainment workers include models who stream video through intermediary sites, freelance photographers, and many others that are not considered employees under AB5.
“(f) It is necessary to prevent the exploitation of minors in the adult entertainment industry, to ensure that those workers have not assumed a false name that would make regulation of the worker difficult or impossible and to ensure that those workers are not involved in criminal activity. It is also necessary in order to ensure that the worker is not a victim of human trafficking and may legally work in the United States.”AB-2389
This language is dangerous, and disproportionately affects minority, Latino, Black and Trans adult workers. Cam models, adult film actors and actresses, and many others rely on the ability to remain anonymous to protect themselves from harassment and threats to their lives.
“(g) The avoidance of tax payments has historically occurred in the adult entertainment industry with the absence of regulations and permits.”AB-2389
Independent workers in the adult industry pay the same taxes that other workers and small businesses in the state pay.
This bill criminalizes any adult industry work in California and disproportionately targets minority, and low-income workers.
The bill goes on to require adult industry workers to submit to mandatory training and Live Scan fingerprinting. The requirements for live scan fingerprinting and training to be paid by the worker are an undue burden, and especially affects low income and minority workers who will not be able to afford these costs.
If you would like to be a part of our comment campaign to stop this bill please visit this page and follow the directions there! We must #stopAB2389