Appendix Three: The Annual Report to the Legislature

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
4
Organized Crime in California 1984

John K. Van De Kamp, Attorney General
California Department of Justice
4949 Broadway
Sacremento, California

Pornography

In early 1970, elements of the Colombo, Bonanno, Gambino, and DeCavalcante crime families moved from the East and established pornography operations in California.

During the mid-1970's, they engaged in extortion and violence in an attempt to gain control over independent pornographers in California. The Southern California Crime Family was also involved in this activity (see FOREX, page 25). Organized crime elements are now established in national distribution and are involved in most aspects of the pornography business. They continue to exert much influence over the pornography operation in California through hidden interests in this industry.

The arrival of home video cassette recorders on the market in 1979 was accompanied by a growing demand for adult video tapes. California pornographers, linked to Gambino, DeCavalcante, Luchese, and Colombo organized crime families, have entered this market through companies that produce, duplicate, distribute, and sell adult video tapes.