May 12, 2014 NYPD will stop seizing condoms of alleged prostitutes. Now, legalize prostitution
Repeatedly I say that we will have a much more reliable, cost-efficient, manageable and high-quality criminal justice system once we legalize marijuana, decriminalize all other drugs, legalize prostitution and gambling, eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing and the death penalty, and eliminate blood alcohol content per se rules in DWI cases.
Thanks to the public health advocates who apparently worked long and hard to finally successfully convince the New York City police department to stop seizing condoms of alleged prostitutes for simple prostitution arrests and prosecutions. Brooklyn’s chief prosecutor stopped using condom evidence in such cases in spring 2013.
Reacting to such random condom seizures from alleged prostitutes, one sex worker resorted to using plastic bags for safe sex instead, which hardly is safe sex.
In Europe and so many other parts of the world, prostitution is legal without having the sky fall. I acknowledge the abuses that can visit sex workers — and the abuses that workers worldwide in many settings risk and suffer –but whether to engage in sex work should be the choice of sex workers, and not lawmakers nor police.