Could A ‘Porn Tax’ Be Coming To The UK?

Britain is hurtling face first into an adult movie crisis.

'Porn tax' could be coming to the UK
'Porn tax' Theresa May vs adult movie star Lisa Ann

The UK is fast heading towards a porn crisis, and it’s only a matter of time before the government takes drastic action that could make it more difficult than ever before for the population to access online pornography.

In case you missed it, it’s been revealed that the US is potentially planning to introduce a ‘porn tax’ on adult material accessed via mobile, and loaded for one believes it’s only a matter of time before similar changes are made in the UK.

The online porn industry in the UK is currently going through a period of great uncertainly and risk, and a full-on crisis been coming for a long time.

Why? Well, the writing has been on the wall for a number of years.

Cast your mind back to 2014 – before Trump, before Brexit, before the threat of Nuclear war loomed large over us all… with us? OK.

The conservative-led coalition government warned about imposing strict regulations on the adult movie industry even back then.

The wheels were set in motion after former Prime Minister David Cameron made it harder for UK citizens to access adult porn online in that year, which forced adult sites to introduce age verification checks.

While ostensibly a sensible measure, the legislation failed to specify secure storage methods, which means that users were more at risk of their personal details being hacked than ever before.

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A scene from hot Girls Wanted: Turned On/Netflix Image Netflix

While the regulations were proposed to protect children in households around the country, it has also been suggested that the law actually compromised the security and privacy of older users.

Despite the measure proving unpopular with the majority of households across the country, Cameron even countered EU legislation threatening to repeal the filters in 2015.

To make matters worse, it was reported back in 2016 that the government was planning to censor “non-conventional” pornography via the proposed Digital Economy Bill, a move which was met with opposition from free speech activists.

The move banned content that showed a range of things from ‘female ejaculation to spanking and urination’ in all porn produced in the UK, and further amendments to the law that have yet to be passed could ban all content of a “non-conventional” nature, whether produced in the UK or elsewhere.

Now, in 2017, with the Conservatives looking the favourites to be the majority party again after the snap election in June, there could be further changes on the way.

Prime Minister Theresa May, the daughter of a priest and a dedicated Christian, has made her anti-pornography stance clear down the years.

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Theresa May Under fire Image Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Back in 2014, before becoming PM in the wake of the Brexit vote last year, that the ‘violent’ nature of porn means young people “simply do not understand what a healthy relationship is”. With May potentially at the helm for a further five years, the freedoms and privacy of UK porn users is more at risk than ever before.

The controversial Digital Economy Bill has yet to be passed, and is currently in the process of being passed back to the House of Commons by the House of Lords with amendments, but it’s only a matter of time before radical changes are made to the way online porn is accessed – or not accessed – in the UK.

Now, with the US proposing a ‘porn tax’ all the signs are pointing to similar, or potentially even more drastic actions being taken by the UK government to prohibit access and compromise porn users’ privacy across the country in the very near future.

Don’t say loaded didn’t warn you…

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.