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There is an increasing demand for adult items. But if you run a sex shop, it is vital to understand the laws and legal process involved. If you don't have a solid understanding of sex shop laws, you could find yourself in a lot of legal trouble. You could end up facing heavy fines, and you could end up behind bars. But if you have a solid understanding of sex shop laws, you will be able to operate your business safely and effectively.

This article is going to go over some of the laws you need to know if you run or plan to run a sex shop. You will learn about the types of videos you can and cannot sell and other laws you need to know about.

Video Regulations

This section is going to cover some of the laws regulating the type of pornographic videos that can be sold at an adult boutique. Some of these laws vary by state. Therefore, it is important to also check your local laws. There is a common myth that X-rated videos cannot be sold in Australia. This is false, but there are some types of videos that are illegal.

It is a violation of the law to sell X-rated videos that contain violence or cruelty. It is also a violation of the law to sell adult videos that include the use of drugs. Violating these laws can be very costly. You could face up to six months in prison. You could also face fines of up to $20,000 per violation.

Age Restrictions

This section is going to cover the legal age restriction involved with adult shops. The legal age restrictions in Austria are complicated. But because they carry lengthy prison sentences, it is vital to understand these laws if you run a sex shop. It is not illegal for a minor to enter a sex shop, but once they are in, the shop has a legal responsibility to remove them.

It is illegal to expose anyone under the age of 16 to indecent videos or pictures. If someone under the age of 12 is exposed to pornographic videos or images in your shop, you could face up to 20 years in prison for the first offence.

Staying Safe

This section is going to cover what you need to know about staying compliant with sex shop laws. These tips will help keep you and your business safe. The first step if relatively simple. Ensure all your videos are supplied by a trusted source. Verify they do not contain any violence or drug use. The next step is to make sure you do not expose minors to the R-rated material.

To do this, make sure all employees actively check the identification cards of anyone entering the shop. Make sure that there are no explicit materials on display in windows or the main part of the store. Keep the explicit material in a clearly marked back room.

Final Thoughts

The laws relating to sex shops can be complicated. But if you educate yourself and take measures to stay in compliance with the law, you will be able to run your business safely. You will not have to worry about fines or imprisonment.

Laws and legal regulations are not always static. They are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to keep up on any new regulations or changes to existing regulations.

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