California Law Bans Condoms as Evidence in Prostitution Cases

by Admin on August 27, 2019

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A new California bill signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom disallows condoms from being used as evidence in prostitution cases.

Previously under California law, possessing condoms would be a legitimate enough reason for police to arrest and charge someone for sex work.

This led to many prostitutes–and their clients–contracting unnecessary sexually transmitted diseases as a result of not carry condoms around in fear that the condoms would be used by police as evidence.

Although prostitution is illegal under Thailand criminal law, there are over an estimated 200,000 sex workers in the country.

The bill also provides immunity from prosecution for sex workers who experience report being sexually assaulted or unfairly abused by police officers.

Activists fighting for increased protections for sex worker state that the
California legislation is a positive step in the right direction and could lead to other states adopting similar policies.

Read the full story here.

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