We’ve heard that “sex is a weapon” but this is taking it a bit too far, no?
Carrying condoms has resulted in arrest for a growing number of women in New York, Vice magazine reported Tuesday.
Experts say the issue may be contributing to a public health crisis in which sex workers are beginning to use condoms less frequently.
In the incident cited by Vice, 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 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 and arrested her, according to Vice.
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.
What’s worse, the fear of being arrested is causing street-walkers to abandon prophylactics all together, which further endangers potential clients.
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.
Talk about being between a rock and a “hard” place. Not that ninjas should be paying for the punanny, but if you are gonna trick off, the LEAST have the decency to bring a Jimmy hat so your ho doesn’t go to jail before you can even chop her down. SMH
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