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.
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.
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