Sex-production company Prostitution and the use of sex products and child pornography is among the topics being litigated in lawsuits filed in the state of California on Tuesday, according to a press release from the California Department of Justice.
The state’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, has announced he plans to sue the producers of a popular sex-product called “Blue Moon,” which the Los Angeles Times said was sold by the California Prostitutes and Prostituted Persons Alliance, a coalition of sex-industry leaders that is seeking to shut down the business of Prostitute Organized Crime.
The California Prosectors Association is represented by lawyer Michael Meehan.
In an online petition, the group argues the sex industry’s “criminal element has been present in California for more than a decade.”
The petition asks the court to declare the sex business illegal because of its “disruptive and damaging impact on women and children,” according to the statement.
Prostitution is illegal in California, but not all prostitution is criminal, so the state’s law is not intended to target sex workers, the California Attorney General’s office said.
It said the state has laws against the production, distribution, sale, transportation, possession, and possession of child pornography.
Prosectors who sell sex products should be held accountable, Becerras office said in a statement.
The lawsuit is seeking class action status.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is a partner in the litigation.
“We take these allegations very seriously and are working with law enforcement to ensure that the public safety is not compromised,” the LAPD said in an emailed statement.
The DOJ is seeking criminal penalties for individuals, businesses, and entities that participate in the criminal production of child porn, the statement said.