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Why Prague’s Gay-For-Pay Porn Market Is Booming

Whether it’s a starring role in a Bel Ami flick or making cash by the hour on webcam streaming site Streamen, Prague’s heterosexual guys are finding a new way to earn a living. Welcome to gay-for-pay’s capital.

In a lengthy report, GlobalPost‘s Iva Skoch delves into the gay porn mecca, where a multitude of factors have made Prague the world’s capital in gay smut: plentiful populations of cute, masculine, younger-looking-than-their-years guys; high unemployment rates; relaxed attitudes about sexuality (Czechoslovakia decriminalized homosexuality in the 60s, though Communist police still clamped down on gay activity); a willingness to (and a marketplace that demands you) screw bareback; and the standard hormonal balance of young men, making them willing to screw anything, even if it takes a little blue pill to get in the mood.

In the Czech Republic, some 15 gay studios operate. American porn players enjoy much cheaper production costs. And then there are the homegrown auteurs, amateurs who turn their small flats into flourishing online businesses with Flip cams.

But just like straight porn, or gay porn produced in American meccas like Los Angeles and San Diego, Prague’s producers run into the same problems as anyone trafficking in this industry.

[Veteran director William Higgins], an Oklahoma native who went to a Christian school [and now lives in Prague], says he is “very Catholic” about casting men for his films. They can be 18 or 35, as long as they are good. With that said, he rejects about 80 percent of them, typically for “not having the look” — too ugly or misshapen — or, more importantly, not being able to perform under pressure.

And here’s one thing we didn’t know: Most producers promise performers — who may be local police officers, firemen, nurses, and college students — they won’t distribute the videos inside the Czech Republic. Of course, when the videos appear on something called “the Internet,” all bets are off.

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