The New York Post: ‘Deaths of despair’ are rising among adult film actresses

Editor’s Note: As suicides and drug overdoses claim the lives of a growing number of Americans whose economic prospects have dwindled, some researchers have dubbed these “deaths of despair.” A recent spate of deaths in the adult film industry seems to have a similar connection to stagnant wages and fierce competition for jobs.

Olivia Lua, a 24-year-old doe-eyed brunette from Philadelphia, was an instant hit when she joined the LA porn scene in 2016.

She shot dozens of scenes for hard-core movies like “Helpless Teens” before being handed a lucrative contract in April 2017 with porn producer LA Direct Models.

Lua — who also went by Olivia Voltaire — described herself as an “exhibitionist” and posted graphic images of herself having sex on social media.

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