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  • Behind the scenes at the Adult Entertainment Expo 2011 in Las Legas, Nevada.

    As leaders and fans gather in Las Vegas for the industry's annual convention, there's no denying that growing Internet piracy and spiraling DVD sales are putting the squeeze on profits.

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    Long before the rest of the corporate world has figured out how best to adopt the latest tech trend, porn companies have dissected it and found a way to make money from it.--and wireless os no exception.

  • XBOX 360 Kinect

    Microsoft told CNBC it wouldn't license or condone such a game. While Kotaku reports this means Microsoft can block the game, it's not clear the software giant will be successful.

  • Xbox Kinect Sex Games

    In a world where porn is struggling to make money because so much of it can be accessed for free, here's something new the industry can charge for.

  • This year's Victoria's Secret runway event has aspirations for the purchasing public this holiday season. Not that they need any convincing. Limited Brands, Victoria's Secret parent company, says a large part of the businesses recent surge in sales is largely due in part of the brand's Pink line, catering to older teens and college-aged women. The runway show, which airs this Nov 30th on CBS, is always a hit, too, even without the "Head Angel" Heidi Klum who quit the show.Celebrity pop stars Kat

    Each year, Victoria's Secret kicks off its holiday-selling season with a runway event, designed to build excitement about its products. Not that they need much convincing this year.

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    Not every centerfold model becomes the next Pamela Anderson, Kelly Monaco, or Jenny McCarthy. Some of Hugh Hefner's beautiful women use their exposure as playmates to launch careers in business.

  • Hugh Hefner's lifestyle has forever changed American pop culture. From small publication to full blown international brand, Hefner became one of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time. But the man who grew up to be a magazine magnate and famous playboy came from humble beginnings in the Midwest. It was that background that informed and inspired his business and personal decisions.Here, we take a look at some of the "firsts" in Hefner's life — the moments that have shaped the man and the iconi

    Hugh Hefner's lifestyle has forever changed American pop culture. From small publication to full blown international brand, Hefner became one of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time.

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    The agency that controls Internet addresses said Friday it will consider adding the .xxx suffix for pornography to the list that people and companies can pick for their online identities.

  • Displays during the opening of the Museum of Sex in New York.

    A few years ago, when Ann Marie Coughlin, a New York dominatrix also known as Domina M., donated her brushed-steel bondage machine to be shown at the Museum of Sex, many people benefited.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says.

  • Apple's iPhone

    Aware that Apple frowns on displays of naked flesh — the company recently culled thousands of applications deemed to be objectionable — he used pictures of the models in clothing and in underwear, rather than fully naked, as they appear on the Web, and called the application Not Quite Naked People.  “Apparently Apple even has a problem with naked legs,” he said.

  • A model gets her hair and make up done before the show.

    The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show attracts a big TV audience every year as millions tune in to gawk at leggy models strutting down the runway in lingerie.

  • Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up.  "The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds. According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been try

    Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. Here's what consumers are buying.

  • Published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a report released earlier this year entitled "Red Light States: Who Buys Adult Entertainment" highlights where the revenues for pornographic entertainment on the internet actually come from. According to , internet sales are the second largest piece of the $12.6 billion adult entertainment industry, drawing $2.84 billion in 2006.One of the most interesting findings in the study is American subscription patterns that utilized a list of zip codes

    A report entitled "Red Light States: Who Buys Adult Entertainment" highlights where the revenues for pornographic entertainment on the internet actually come from.

  • From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.  CNBC's "" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jessie Jane.

    From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world.CNBC's "Business of Pleasure" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jesse Jane.

  • In the new CNBC Original Production “Porn: Business of Pleasure” nothing is off limits when it comes to the $13 billion industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.

    In the new CNBC Original Production “Porn: Business of Pleasure” nothing is off limits when it comes to the $13 billion industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.

  • The Adult Entertainment industry, although taboo in nature, is serious business. Every year, the top trade publication for the adult industry, the Adult Video Network (AVN), holds the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, which is touted as the industry’s largest event worldwide. How big is the adult entertainment industry? The most recent numbers from AVN's 2006 report show industry-wide sales to exceed $12.92 billion, although more conservative estimates place this number significantly lower.

    Adult DVD Empire is the largest online retailer of adult entertainment and it has compiled a list of its all-time best-selling adult DVDs. Click ahead to see the list...

  • Busted for leading a high-end prostitution ring for numerous famous and wealthy clients in and around Hollywood. Fleiss was sentenced to 37 months in prison for tax evasion but served just 21.

    Here are some of the more notorious prostitution scandals that have made their way into the public's view over the years.

  • Charging fees as high as $25,000 for a two-day engagement, a successful high-end escort working full time can make an annual income of more than half a million dollars. High-end clients can spend more than a $100,000 a year in escort fees.

    Currently the US gets 20% of its power from nuclear energy. Many believe it's time for that number to increase. CNBC's Melissa Francis explores the issue.