A new Playboy interview with APAC’s Chanel Preston and Conner Habib
Millions watch porn, but who is watching out for porn’s performers? Throughout adult entertainment’s long history, there has been an undeniable lack of organized support for the actors known so intimately by so many fans. The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) is here to make sure that porn’s many talents are treated like the legitimate performers the are.
Formed just over a year ago by industry heavyweights, like Stoya, Asa Akira, and James Deen, [the Los Angeles-based organization] has created a space where actors can share their professional successes and air their grievances. The goal is to foster a sense of solidarity amongst porn actors who are dealing with similar problems, like health, safety, and cultural sigmas. As a labor group, it makes total sense. Porn actors know their job better than anyone and can make decisions about their work that will reflect their best interests.
We spoke to porn actors Chanel Preston and Conner Habib, APAC’s president and vice president, about how they work to protect people like themselves—people who have sex for a living.
PLAYBOY: What are APAC’s goals?
PRESTON: APAC’s goal is to improve the quality of life for performers. This includes performer health and safety, obviously, but we’re also looking to improve performer wages, happiness, and interactions with each other. Sometimes we work with performers directly to improve their experiences within the industry. Other times, we look outward and try to improve the culture we’re living in—especially how it legislates around and views porn performers.
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