The economic crisis is also affecting the sex industry, BNR radio reports on Monday. Sales of sex toys, dvds and edible underwear are down sharply due to changing tastes, a lack of cash and competition from internet.
In particular, the vast number of free online porn channels and footage uploaded by amateurs is proving strong competition.
‘The situation in the porn industry is disastrous,’ Hanni Jagtman, founder of the Amsterdam sex shop Mail & Female. ‘The industry must look at where it is going or decide to call it a day.’
The emancipation of women has also played a role, Jagtman says. ‘Women are demanding control over their own sexuality,’ she says. This means they want more quality, responsible products rather than ‘dirty books’.
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