People were taking action against new pornography laws from the Audio Visual Media Services, which banned sex acts considered morally damaging or life threatening.

This included strangulation, face-sitting, fisting, humiliation, spanking beyond a ‘gentle’ level, full bondage and restraint, female ejaculation and depictions of non-consensual sex.

In an interview with the Independent, sex workers described how their livelihoods are being destroyed by the strict regulations.

‘The enforcement was far swifter and more heavy handed than I expected,’ Pandora Blake, 31, said.

Before her website ‘Dreams of Spanking’ was forced to close down by the Authority for Television on Demand (Atvod), Pandora had appeared on BBC Newsnight and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour to say the laws were ‘needlessly oppressive and sexist’.

And it wasn’t just about money – she said that when her site was shut, five years of creativity and hard work were ‘destroyed in a single blow’.

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