The New York Police Department (NYPD) will stop seizing condoms as evidence of prostitution starting this week, and public health advocates rejoice.
Yes, believe it or not, the NYPD has been going around seizing condoms when suspected sex workers are arrested. We can't help but wonder if there are better ways to build a prostitution case without encouraging unprotected sex…
The good news? New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, agrees. "A policy that inhibits people from safe sex is a mistake and dangerous," he said. "And there are a number of ways you can go about putting together evidence [without condoms.]"
You are right on the money, Mr. Mayor.
A Human Rights Watch report found that "sex workers, transgender women and others at high risk of HIV infection told us that they were afraid to carry condoms and that they sometimes had to engage in sex without protection out of fear of police harassment.”
Simply put? Such an action is a huge setback for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
I am sure we aren't the only ones who are thrilled to know that the New York general assembly and the California legislature are fighting to ban the use of condoms as evidence across the state.