New York police have apparently been stopping, searching and occasionally arresting minority or transgender women. Why? For, by their standards, looking like possible prostitutes ... and daring to carry condoms. And these unlucky women don't just get targeted, they also get their condoms confiscated. Why? The rationale is to discourage prostitution, but obviously it's just making prostitution more dangerous: A study released by the Sex Workers Project shows that about half the women whose condoms were taken away still engaged in sex work that night, now minus their condoms. 46 percent said they'd stopped carrying condoms altogether, fearing harassment. [Source]
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