Advocates for sex workers and runaway teens are urging state lawmakers to prohibit police from seizing condoms as evidence of prostitution.
The Access for Condoms Coalition and New York Civil Liberties Union held a “teach-in” in a legislative building on Wednesday to discuss legislation to end the practice.
Under current law, authorities can confiscate condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. Civil rights groups say the policy undermines public health campaigns to distribute condoms, like one operated by New York City’s Department of Health.
The New York City Police Department says it’s reviewing its practice of confiscating of condoms as evidence.
The bill (A2736/S1379) passed the Assembly last year. No additional votes have been scheduled, but advocates say they want lawmakers to take up the measure before concluding their session next month.