A Manhattan judge has ordered the New York City Police Department to shine a light on the hazy legal line separating bondage, domination and sadomasochism from prostitution. In a decision last week, New York County Supreme Court Justice Carol R. Edmead directed the NYPD to provide the Urban Justice Center's Sex Workers Project with documents regarding police investigations of several Manhattan bondage, domination and sadomasochism clubs between 2006 and 2008. The current case law provides scant guidance regarding bondage, domination and "fetish for a fee" services.
N.Y. Records May Help to Answer the Question: When Is Bondage Prostitution?
New York Law Journal
September 9, 2010