Condoms as Evidence
Criminalizing Condoms: Policing Practices, HIV Vulnerability, and Sex Work
This panel event marks the release of a report that documents the police practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution and its impact on sex workers’ lives, including their vulnerability to HIV.
Open Society Voices
Police frequently confiscate sex workers' condoms, increasing the likelihood of unprotected sex with clients. We need better law enforcement policies that do not treat condoms as contraband.
Most countries continue to criminalize sex work, leading to widespread human rights abuses against sex workers, especially at the hands of police.
A global report released this week has called for the removal of all discriminatory and punitive laws, policies, and state practices that are helping to fuel the global HIV epidemic.