In Czech Republic, Gay Porn Pays the Bills

In this photo from GlobalPost.com, Martin Justel waits to shoot a gay pornography scene in the studio of William Higgins. Iva Skoch/GlobalPost

In this photo from GlobalPost.com, Martin Justel waits to shoot a gay pornography scene in the studio of William Higgins.
Iva Skoch/GlobalPost

Amid a persisting economic crisis, men in the Czech Republic are increasingly turning to a booming underground industry for a shot at prosperity - gay porn.

According to a report by GlobalPost.com, the Czech Republic has become one of the leading production centers for gay pornography, behind the United States, which still has a powerful grip on the international market.

Pornography, in general, is big business, generating up to $12 billion worldwide, according to the report. Some estimates have gay porn accounting for up to half of that.

What makes the Czech Republic such a hub?

With unemployment rates high, "models" are attracted to the relatively big paydays. Before a recent spike in competition, Czech actors could make thousands of dollars for just a few days work.

Culturally, the Czech Republic, particularly in Prague, is much more liberal in their outlook on sex and sexuality than, say, the U.S.

Another key difference between the Czech and American industries is that the vast majority of Czech actors describe themselves as 100 percent straight - some with girlfriends and others married. According to the report, the presence of straight men in gay sex scenes boosts the films' desirability.

Iva Skoch's piece examines the origin of the industry in the Czech Republic, profiles the American entrepreneur who led the gay porn revolution in the country after the fall of Communism and looks at the men who have turned to pornography to make a living.

Below is video from the GlobalPost story:

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