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”...”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”??
haven’t we already had one with 25% of younger people carrying an STD of some type? Thank you sexual revolution for all those new diseases
She works hard for the money.....
“They are going to see a massive spike of STDs in the heterosexual population in addition to the homosexual population.”
Anyone using these people deserve EXACTLY what they get, and given overall STD rate in NYC (25% in women), even a normal flirt/date/sex routine is a HUGE risk now.
Arrested for a condom? Are they going to arrest the High School kids after they hand out condoms at school. Libs are very confusing people.
There used to be a calculator online that you could plug all kinds of variables into to see whether you might get a better deal over time with prostitutes vs dating and/or marriage. It was bitterly cynical, but pretty funny.
‘First words out of my mouth were “Sorry, honey, you’d have to pay me!” It was almost comical how quickly she let go.’
LOL! Just think if you told your GF or wife that you’d charge her to have relations with you! The look on their face? PRICELESS!
I’m so good that it would be worth every penny because I have it all: size, stamina and technique. Mrs. Vigilanteman is a lucky lady.
If she is a whore she works cheap.
She must be as ugly as Eleonor Clift.
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