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Porn industry would break AZ law, Montgomery claims

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
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Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery on Tuesday said any move by the California pornography industry to film adult movies in Arizona might be a violation of the state's law against prostitution.

Addressing recent reports that film production might move to Arizona, Montgomery said, "Under Arizona law, anyone paid to appear in a pornographic movie may be guilty of the crime of prostitution, which carries mandatory jail time as well as the possibility of other penalties."

Arizona law defines prostitution as "engaging in or agreeing or offering to engage in sexual conduct under a fee arrangement with any person for money or any other valuable consideration."

"Furthermore," Montgomery said in an official statement, "anyone involved in other aspects of producing pornographic movies, including soliciting individuals to appear, collecting a fee from the monies received by individuals solicited to appear by virtue of an agent relationship, transporting individuals from California to Arizona for the purpose of appearing in a pornographic movie, and/or establishing a venue for the filming and/or production of pornographic movies may be guilty of committing one or several felonies in the state of Arizona."

The state law also states that "prostitution enterprise" means any corporation, partnership, association or other legal entity or any group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity engaged in providing prostitution services.

He said state law would preclude the establishment of a "pornography industry" to any degree, such as that in California.

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