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Is 18 too young for porn?

Award-winning porn director Axel Braun recently announced that he would no longer shoot with performers under the age of 21. He says his "conscience" tells him that 18 is just too young to make the decision to get into porn.

It's a shocking move coming from within an industry that fetishizes "barely legal" youth, let alone from the director of "Naughty College School Girls." But Braun has had a change of heart, and reached a point in his career where he has the power to do something about it. As he told Adult Video News, "The percentage of talent who start performing at 18 and are out of the industry by the time they turn 21 is staggering. Those are the ones who are not cut out for porn, and who could very well spend the rest of their lives regretting their choice."

I spoke with Braun by email about 18-year-old aspiring starlets, the reaction to his decision and whether this will hurt his bottom line.

Why did you decide to raise the minimum age for performers on your shoots?

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