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Behind the scenes at the Adult Entertainment Expo

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It's a Las Vegas ritual.

Every January, the adult entertainment industry converges on Sin City with its biggest stars in tow for the Adult Entertainment Expo. Tagging along are dozens of companies hoping to be the next big things in porn. And don't forget the thousands of fans.

As hardcore scenes loop in the background, women in barely discernible outfits, lingerie and body paint (and a few much more comfortably dressed men) sign autographs and flirt with followers, often hopping off their stool to pose for pictures and occasionally gracing fans with a hug.

It's also a place where deals are signed. Toy companies court distributors to carry their new lines, and big mergers have been known to happen.

While the industry's most ardent fans make a pilgrimage here each year, not everyone is able to make the trip. For those people, here's a day in the life at the porn show.

—By Chris Morris
Posted 21 Jan. 2014

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