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Adult Performers Reveal What It Is Really Like Working In Porn

Adult Performers Reveal What It Is Really Like Working In Porn

Britain - for now - is the country that watches the second most pornography in the world. Excellent numbers for such a tiny island, you'll surely agree.

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In a new Channel 5 documentary, part of a series on the sex industry, the people who work in one of the world's most lucrative (if somewhat maligned) businesses have been telling their side of the story.

On The Sex Business: Porn Stars, the people who work day and night to fulfil the demand for adult entertainment shown by the UK and - let's face it - everywhere else have a chance to talk about what it's actually like behind the scenes in a business that generates billions each year.

Jess and Billy. Credit: Channel 5
Jess and Billy. Credit: Channel 5

Jess and Billy are a couple who work together. For 15 years Jess earned her keep working as an expert but has now entered the pornography industry with her ex-builder partner, Billy.

Jess explains: "I have had normal jobs but I just didn't want to be there.

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"I can't see myself stuck in an office, that would be my idea of hell. Everyone I know that does that is miserable."

Billy adds: "Summer [working as a builder] is great but winter is pants, so I just thought I'd give it a go."

Billy used to work as a builder before entering the adult industry. Credit: Channel 5
Billy used to work as a builder before entering the adult industry. Credit: Channel 5

While the world's biggest porn site generates around 23 billion clicks each day, it turns out that the filming element of the business often plays second fiddle to the photography.

Porn director Luke Hotrod - which is probably not his real name - says: "The pictures are the important bit, they're what get people interested."

Basically, everything you see in porn - pretty much - is faked. The pictures taken often involve props and, shall we say, extra set dressing. They're all staged and used to accompany the film portion.

Jess, Billy and Luke Hotrod on set. Credit: Channel 5
Jess, Billy and Luke Hotrod on set. Credit: Channel 5

When it comes to the filming, a lot of that seems quite hard to get into as well. Perhaps just not in the way you'd think.

Kiki Minaj, one of the UK's biggest adult performers, explains: "When you are having sex at home you love the person and you're hugging, but in porn everything has to be open and everything has to be on an angle.

"It's not very comfortable at all."

Contortion aside, it takes its toll in other areas, too.

Kiki Minaj. Credit: Channel 5
Kiki Minaj. Credit: Channel 5

She continues: "It makes it difficult to be in a normal relationship - down the line people act crazy because they thought they could deal with it but they can't.

"They want you to stop but if you do, who will pay the council tax?"

Despite that, she wouldn't want to change her job, and believes that porn is one of shockingly few industries in which women are on top.

"Women are taken very seriously in this industry. It's all about the girl," she says.

"When people are watching porn, they're mainly watching the girl. There's no sexism in porn, in porn, the females are the stars."

Obviously, it's not all women and men together.

Ashley Ryder acts in gay pornographic films, and tells the cameras: "There's something empowering about being paid for sex.

Ashley Ryder. Credit: Channel 5
Ashley Ryder. Credit: Channel 5

"I'm having fun, I'm not hurting anyone and I've made a career out of something that I really enjoy doing, which is sex."

Oh, and the money is good too. A webcam performer can earn around £100,000 ($129,000) if they're good at what they do.

So, the money is good, the work is empowering, no-one (in the cases shown on the programme) feels that they are being exploited. That's all OK then, right?

The Sex Business: Porn Stars will air on Monday 21 May at 10pm.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

Topics: Entertainment, Entertainment News, TV and Film, Interesting, UK Entertainment, porn

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

 

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