XBIZ, a US adult industry trade group, has announced it will no longer run its European show in London. The 2016 XBIZ Europe event will take place in Berlin instead.The show has taken place in London for the past five years, bringing together adult industry participants from around the world to talk business, regulation and politics. But the increasingly moralistic, censorious nature of the UK has forced XBIZ to reconsider. As this blog has often pointed out, the UK stands almost alone in Europe in its determination to stamp out sexual expression. The UK’s legitimate adult industry is virtually extinct, as operators have closed their doors or moved overseas. This has resulted in job losses as well as tax losses for the exchequer. XBIZ CEO Alec Helmy explained:
… we didn’t foresee just how unfriendly UK would become toward adult. From ATVOD (previous content police) fining adult webmasters for non-compliance and scaring many out of business to radical feminists picketing our venues and local media’s negative tone toward adult, the climate became more and more difficult as each year passed. And now with OFCOM (equivalent of FTC) taking full charge of content regulation, the general consensus is that things are going to get even bleaker.
As much as we’ve felt a sense of duty to empower the UK industry by returning each year, it’s become too unwise for us to continue doing so.
So, we’re packing up and relocating the conference to another one of Europe’s top destinations for both business and pleasure, Berlin.