Condoms Can Still Be Evidence of Prostitution in NYC


Carrying a condom in New York City can be proof you’re a prostitute. Yes, now, in 2011. Gothamist reports that along with the City Council push to rename the Queensboro Bridge after Ed Koch, a resolution was also on the agenda yesterday meant to pressure the governor and state legislator to pass a dormant bill, which would undo this archaic rule. As it stands, a rubber can be used “as evidence of prostitution, patronizing a prostitute, promoting prostitution, permitting prostitution, maintaining a premises for prostitution, lewdness or assignation, or maintaining a bawdy house.”

The current resolution is sponsored by Jessica Lappin, who will likely see the no-brainer through to the Committee on Public Safety, though it’s ultimately up to Albany to wipe away this nonsense. The Sex Workers Project has more details, as does the above public service announcement video.

[via Gothamist]