“How many condoms it is legal to carry in New York City?”
February 18, 2013 11:12 AM Subscribe
Arrested for carrying condoms? Maybe not any more.
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Last week, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced legislation that will prevent police from arresting or charging someone for sexual solicitation based solely on the possession of one or more condoms.
Condoms are, in fact, already legal to own in any amount. But police and prosecutors around the country use the possession of condoms as a reason to harass or arrest sex workers. In a report
] released last year, Human Rights Watch found it's a tactic used regularly in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco — cities with some of the high rates of HIV among sex workers. At the same time, those same cities give away
an estimated 40 million condoms a year; New York City even has its own brand
“Sex workers in each city asked us how many condoms it was legal to carry,” said Megan McLemore, senior health researcher at Human Rights Watch. “One woman in Los Angeles told us she was afraid to carry condoms with her and sometimes had to use a plastic bag instead of a condom with clients to try to protect herself from HIV.”
Last year the Open Society Foundation also released
] a report on the criminalization of condoms in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe.