An Italian porn star who dreamt up a fun filled stunt at a recent referendum has been banned from Instagram ahead of a general election lest she repeat it.
Paola Saulino previously promised a blow job for those that voted against constitutional
reforms. The reforms were duly rejected Paola launched her Pompa Tour - which translates as Oral Tour - during which she claimed to have pleasured 700 men.
She says she has just been barred from contacting her 430,000 followers over fears she may
try and swing the vote, which is due to take place on Sunday.
Saulino said she has complained to Instagram about being banned, saying she is paying the price for her lifestyle
It is a little bizarre that a government that has been in office
for long enough to pass plenty of laws that effect people's lives. Presumably if they feel a little insecure, it is because they haven't done a good job in doing things that attract support. And then to think that elections can be swung by trivial
propaganda or a silly stunt, it's insulting to the electors, and so the politicians deserve to be kicked out.
Beate Uhse AG, the troubled German sex shop chain, has received a 2.7 million euro loan from financial investment firm Robus Capital to help keep the company afloat.
The cash infusion gives the management room for maneuver in order to further
promote the reorganization, Beate Uhse told German regulators.
Beate Uhse's application for insolvency, which is equivalent to Chapter 11 in the U.S., allows for a plan of reorganization to keep the business running and pay creditors over time
under jurisdiction of the court system.
Toronto once had more than 60 bars with nude dancers, only a dozen remain, the rest have been replaced by condominiums, restaurants, and housewares stores.
Demand for homes downtown and for the retailers that serve them is driving land prices to
records, tempting owners of the clubs, most of which are family-run, to sell at a time when business is slowing. It's a similar story in other North American cities, where the demand for exotic dancers is cooling amid the rise of free porn and live video
chats on the internet.
The latest example in Toronto is Remington's Men of Steel, a male dance club behind a heavy door, which is closing this year, to be replaced by a 98-story condo.
In Toronto, massage parlours have proliferated
elsewhere in the city, while arduous rezoning regulations and a rule restricting new strip-club licenses mean that once a joint shutters its doors, it isn't likely to be replaced.
The fading of the strip-club era can be seen in a five-block area
along Yonge Street. It was once dubbed Sin Strip for its neon-clad bars, sex shops, and movie theatres. Today, there are about 20 development applications for condos and commercial buildings on the stretch.
I don't think we'll be around in 10
years' time, according to Bill Greer, general manager and three-decade veteran of the Brass Rail Tavern.
Australia's Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell has gone into bat for Australia's sex industry, slamming the banks for discriminating against legal businesses by withdrawing or failing to provide financial services. Carnell said in a statement:
It's hypocritical that banks do not provide services to the adult industry when businesses are appropriately registered and regulated. Access to banking services is essential for a legitimate business to operate.
Carnell was responding to a recent report by the Eros Association, which found the vast majority of adult industry businesses experienced unfair treatment by financial service providers .
The association estimates there are more
than 1000 adults-only businesses in Australia employing around 25,000 people, with the overall industry turning over $2.6 billion annually.
One respondent quoted in the report, the operator of an adult retail and wholesale business, said their
merchant facilities were withdrawn after more than 20 years with the same bank.
A Japanese adult industry group is set to make it easier for porn stars to leave their past behind them as they transition to life after porn.
Japan's Adult Video Human Rights Organization will be asking production and distribution companies to
comply with a new guideline allowing actresses to halt the sale of adult videos they have appeared in. Actresses can exercise this option once the film has been commercially available for five years, or five years and six months after the film was
recorded. Additionally, companies will also be restricted from using any of the footage in other products, such as pornography omnibus releases should an actress ask for a halt in sales.
These measures have been added to make it easier for
actresses to transition out of the adult video industry and not have their reputation follow them into more chaste professional pursuits or private family life. Should an actress choose not to ask for sales to be halted, the distributor's right to sell
the film will be automatically renewed in increments of one year at a time. Adult video companies associated with the Intellectual Property Promotion Association are requested to comply with the guideline for films featuring actresses who enter into
contracts from April 1, 2018
Pornographic production companies will also be required to explicitly explain that Adult video production is the filming of sexual intercourse and There is a risk that other people will find out about you appearing in
an adult video, and there is also a risk of sexually transmitted infection. Advocates of the new rules assert that many women enter into contracts to appear in adult videos without fully comprehending what the work entails, and so only after the actress
receives a through explanation and signs separate forms of understanding and intent will production companies be allowed to enter into a contract with her to film pornographic content.
While the regulations are not government-mandated, compliance
with them is the only way for films to be certified as an appropriately made adult video by the IPPA.