Report: Police Confiscating Condoms from Sex Workers? More Bush era influence fall out? Or... jeez wtf?

from http://www.democracynow.org/2012/7/20/headlines

eport: Police Confiscating Condoms from Sex Workers

A new report has found police in major U.S. cities are confiscating condoms from sex workers, putting them at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Human Rights Watch says police are harassing and threatening transgender women and sex workers, and even arresting them solely for carrying condoms. In at least three cities, prosecutors introduced condoms as evidence at trials. Some sex workers who were afraid to carry condoms reported having unprotected sex or using plastic bags as substitutes. The report also notes widespread profiling and other abuses by police, including reports police in Los Angeles and New York City demanded sex in exchange for dropping charges and coerced women into sex while they were detained.

U.S. Ban Prevents Sex Workers, Drug Users from Attending AIDS Conference

U.S. restrictions are preventing many people most affected by HIV/AIDS from attending the International AIDS Conference scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. The United States categorically bans sex workers and drug users from entering the country unless they can obtain a special waiver. Sex workers and their allies are protesting their exclusion by holding a separate conference called the Sex Worker Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India. Speaking ahead of the India conference, Andrew Hunter of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects said the United States is discriminating against sex workers.

Andrew Hunter: "[The U.S.] are the largest funder for HIV services and providing anti-retroviral (ARV) medicines to people with HIV, yet they are completely hypocritical when it comes to the involvement of sex workers in — not only in the International AIDS Conference, but the role of sex workers in controlling the HIV epidemic globally. So, we are not allowed to go to their conference, but we’re also not allowed to get their money for HIV prevention programming."

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Comment by Sentient Biped on November 25, 2012 at 9:19am

GZ, there must be more to the story.  It's not illegal to carry condoms.  Why would police confiscate them?  Maybe I'm just naive.

Using a plastic bag as a substitute condom.....  Cant picture that!  Don't want to!

Well, I hope the police officers who were coercing sex from the prostitutes were using condoms.  Hate to see them get infected!  I think those abuses have been around as long as there has been human history.  My guess, knowing human nature.

Comment by Beth KZ on August 30, 2012 at 6:16pm
If those prostitutes and effeminate men get AIDS, that must be Gawd's will. Argh! It's right up there with the client who then gets AIDS, and passes it on to his pregnant wife and baby. Yeah, babies getting AIDS teaches them a lot. It's God's will.... Any God who would punish people in such a way is just as "evil" as his counterpart - and certainly not worthy of worship.

I can't figure out why a supreme creator of everything would have such an interest in someone's sex life at all. It's just one more thing that makes no sense in the whole religiosity game.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 23, 2012 at 8:29am

nuns are on the warpath rightfully so

Comment by booklover on July 23, 2012 at 8:06am

WHAT?  How sick!  What the hell kind of country is this?  I love those nuns who are dis-obeying the vatican't and telling women to use birth-control.

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