Brooklyn Prosecutors Will Stop Using Condom Possession Against Sex Workers

In New York City, police commonly seize condoms from sex workers so prosecutors can use those condoms as evidence to support prostitution charges. As a result, many sex workers stopped carrying condoms altogether, resulting in more unprotected sex and greater risk to both prostitutes and their clients. Last week, however, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes sent a letter to city’s police commissioner advising the NYPD that he will no longer use possession of condoms against alleged prostitutes. For this reason, the letter instructs police, “the collection and vouchering of condoms as evidence by members of your department,” at least within Brooklyn “should immediately cease.”