Over 100 advocates, including public health groups, LGBTQ organizations, civil and human rights nonprofits, and former sex workers, headed to Albany yesterday to encourage lawmakers to call on the New York State Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would stop the confiscation and use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses.
Read More: New York's Condom Bait-and-Switch
The New York City Department of Health has been giving away free condoms since 1971, and condom distribution has been a centerpiece of its public-health program since the city created its very own condom in 2007. You can get free NYC Condoms virtually anywhere in New York City (there's even an app that uses GPS technology to find the closest distribution venue), and the Department of Health reports that it distributed 35.5 million condoms last year alone. Yet, as the Voice reported last month, police officers consistently confiscate condoms -- often times those very same NYC Condoms -- and prosecutors routinely use them as evidence to justify prostitution-related charges.More »