Skip to comments.NYC sex workers avoiding condoms due to fear of getting caught for prostitution
Posted on 03/10/2013 6:45:58 PM PDT by Jyotishi
New York - Carrying condoms has resulted in arrest for a growing number of women in New York.
Experts said that the issue may be contributing to a public health crisis in which sex workers are beginning to use condoms less frequently.
In an incident cited by Vice magazine, a New York woman was arrested and charged with loitering for the purpose of prostitution after an officer found a condom in her purse, the New York Daily News reported.
The unnamed woman was wearing jean shorts and a tight shirt and had been standing outdoors for about 30 minutes.
After she had a conversation with a passing man, an officer searched her bag, where he found a condom and 1.25 dollars and arrested her, according to the publication.
While condoms themselves are not illegal, police in many cities are allegedly using them as the basis for evidence of prostitution and arrest, a trend that public health experts say is happening more often as police continue to crack down on the time-old trade.
Despite the fact that most prostitution cases do not go to trial, condoms are frequently vouchered and cited in criminal court complaints and supporting depositions as arrest evidence in prostitution-related cases, the authors of a prominent 2012 study conducted by sex worker advocate the PROS Network wrote.
The study, Public Health Crisis: the Impact of Using Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution in New York City, goes on to say that these policies and practices may have a dangerous impact on safer sex practices in general.
Nearly half the participants in the study who were involved in the sex trade said they had not carried condoms out of fear that it may get them in trouble with the police or lead to their arrest, PROS sociologists wrote.
For all too many people in the sex trade, the importance of safe sex is outweighed by the importance of avoiding police harassment, humiliation, sexual and physical abuse, and arrest, as well as the potential indirect consequences of arrest, the study stated.
New York City itself hands out more than 30 million condoms each year at clinics, health fairs and other centers through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. But the distribution is nothing short of ironic, given that some key communities are now afraid to carry them.
A New York sex worker told Human Rights Watch as part of the groups 2012 study Sex Workers at Risk that she can only carry one condom because police catch her.
Sex Workers?!?!? How about “Whores”?
Next step for New York...
Serial numbers on the condoms and mandatory registration.
We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them...you create a nation of lawbreakers and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden."
-- Dr. Floyd Ferris (Atlas Shrugged)
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene? What?
And a special concealed carry permit, otherwise must open carry.
They are going to see a massive spike of STDs in the heterosexual population in addition to the homosexual population.
1.25 dollars? A buck and a quarter? Grounds for search... tight pants and loitering?
She probably was a "ho", but what about unreasonable search?
I can’t get past NYC sex worker. What is a NYC sex worker?
But the mayor has cut the large drinks.
It's happened already.
Never mentioned by the MSM though.
That's why the "healthcare" meme resonates with young adult voters.
When I was that age, nobody gave a rip about health insurance.
> “...you create a nation of lawbreakers...”
Men carrying cash or credit/debit cards in their wallets may be arrested next on the grounds that they may be looking for a prostitute.
Nothing like a little linguistic tweaking to manipulate society.
We pronounced it "free clinic" in the days before we got responsible and paid our own way.
What’s now NYC was originaly founded by the Dutch who named it New Amsterdam. When the English took over, it became New York, reflecting their sensibilities. Now that the totalitarian commies have taken over perhaps it’s time to rename it New Pyongyang.
Jack and Jill went up the hill,
Each with a buck and a quarter.
When they came down Jill had two-fifty...
A sex worker is a person who works in the sex industry. The term is used in reference to all those in all areas of the sex industry including those who provide direct sexual services as well as the staff of such industries. Some sex workers are paid to engage in sexually explicit behavior which involve varying degrees of physical contact with clients (prostitutes, escorts, some but not all professional dominants); pornography models and actors engage in sexually explicit behavior which are filmed or photographed. Phone sex operators have sexually-oriented conversations with clients, and do auditive sexual roleplay. Other sex workers are paid to engage in live sexual performance, such as web cam sex and performers in live sex shows. Some sex workers perform erotic dances and other acts for an audience (striptease, Go-Go dancing, lap dancing, Neo-burlesque, and peep shows).
Thus, although the term is sometimes viewed as a synonym or euphemism for prostitute, it is more general. Some people use the term to avoid invoking the stigma associated with the word prostitute.
Why they changed it I can't say. People just liked it better that way.
> I cant get past NYC sex worker. What is a NYC sex worker?
This site could have an answer:
The Sex Workers Project
Oh my goodness.
Oh my goodness.
Undocumented climax facilitation experts.
Whores or not, what gives the police the right to search them? So she was standing on the street for 30 minutes and spoke with someone. So what? Did the police actually witness her offer sex for money? No they did not.
Even whores deserve to be presumed innocent and treated with respect due all citizens. Get a warrant if there’s probable cause she’s committing a crime.
Are you saying that loitering shouldn’t be considered a crime?
Busting possible hos is likely way safer and easier than trying to bust Obama youts.
Go-Go dancing?? Goldie Hawn on “Laugh-In” was a sex worker?
Why not ballet and chorus line too?
Hey that’s not 72 virgins (honest, I counted(.
Is that her knee sticking out below the sign, or a sausage?
Loitering may be a crime, but what do the contents of her bag have to do with loitering? If the cops catch someone doing something illegal, do they then have the right to search everything you own? Do they also have the right to confiscate anything that may remotely be related to the crime, aka asset forfeiture. The courts say the latter is OK, but it’s clearly unconstitutional. Private property may not be taken for public use (or otherwise) without just compensation. Burden of proof should be on the government, not the citizen.
Its just another lefty animal trying to keep the child prostitutes with the pimps who love and care for them.
“What about Pole dancers?”
Well, I’ve read that if a woman really wants to dress “sexy” she should leave something to the imagination and in that regard your female Pole dancer seems to have the situation covered.
“1.25 dollars? A buck and a quarter? Grounds for search... tight pants and loitering?”
This sounds bogus.
I thought they couldn’t arrest someone for that without evidence that the person made an offer and negotiated a price.
“Sex workers”...”undocumented immigrants”....they’re hijacking the language.
I'd prefer New Sodom...or New Calcutta.
Me, I prefer “immigrant workers” and “undocumented sex”.
Girlfriend or boyfriend — “Unpaid sex worker”
How in the world would they distinguish ‘ladies of the night’ from average 20 somethings these days who probably have condoms just in case they pick up somebody cute in a bar? In fact, I’m surprised the ‘ladies’ haven’t used that excuse!
Good one! I thought you were going to write that you told her, “Sure I’d love to have some fun sweetheart, I’ll be right back with a toothbrush.”
and that extra large condoms are outlawed by Hizzoner....
This is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.
Just say you got the condoms at school. Tell them you don’t charge anything, so there isn’t prostitution.
Or are they offended by the word “prostitute”??