Porn Industry Exploit Airbnb

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In 2013, Los Angeles county implemented a law requiring the pornography industry actors to wear condoms on the films shot in their jurisdiction.  In 2012, about 480 permits were issued to shot porn in the county, just one year later that number had dropped to less than 50. 

Porn production companies began to leave LA to shot in Los Vegas and other counties in the Los Angeles area that didn’t have restrictions on safe sex.    In 2008, a small company 2,790 miles away called Airbnb was born, providing travelers with an alternative to hotel stays.  With Airbnb you can rent a room, apartment or home anywhere in the world directly from the people who own them. 

The porn industry recognized they could rent homes in unrestricted areas to use as production studios.  A Los Angeles TV news organization was made aware when one LA area woman sued a porn producer for using her home as a porn studio without making her aware of his plans. 

Most rentals are for people who want a quality place to stay with a smaller price tag than hotels. 

Kristina Knapic, the LA area homeowner who sued Michael Lucas of Lucas Entertainment said she found an enema kit, bottle of lubricant and a business card after she rented her house out online through Airbnb.  After some research she learned Lucas, was the head of a porn production company.  She then found her home, both inside and out online featured in a porn film and promoted via social media. 

Porn Industry Finds Vulnerability's at Airbnb

According to NBC’s I-Team, "They found a sex toy under one of the beds," said John Thyne III, one of Knapic's attorneys handling a lawsuit she's now filed. "They noticed some enema kits in the bathroom [and] some what turned out to be, I believe, male steroids in the refrigerator."

When the station spoke with Lucas he said, "We rent houses all the time," he said. "Never did we run into this problem." And, "She's correct in saying that I didn't tell her," Lucas told NBC4.

According to a statement from Airbnb, "We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior in our community, and we have permanently banned these guests from Airbnb."

Knapic's lawsuit has been moved to federal court because Lucas is a resident of New York.  She is asking for a portion of the proceeds from the film.

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