You are walking down the street, and see a person of the opposite gender you know and stop to talk to them. You decide to go to lunch and as you start innocently walking away with your friend, a suspicious police officer thinks you are selling sexual favors and searches. You happen to have condoms with you because you have a hot and steamy (free) sex date with your fuck buddy. You always have condoms with you—just in case! Better to be safe than sorry, right? Nope, you are arrested on the spot for prostitution, and your good day (and night) as you know it is over.
Evidently, it isn’t safe to carry condoms in New York. Currently, if you are found with condoms, you could be charged for prostitution-related offense. It seems that the minute you own those condoms, you are incriminating yourself for sex crimes. Where do you draw the line? A person in America should have the right to have free, safe sex with whoever they want, without the fear of a prostitution charge. Condoms are used for sex. How is it that they can be used to prove a person guilty of sex crimes, just by ownership? Sex isn’t a crime, and many condoms are used on just plain, horny people who want to get off on another fun, horny person. Carrying condoms does not automatically mean a person is selling sexual favors! Free sex is just as possible as charged sex, and a condom cannot prove that a solicitation occurred.
The No Condoms as Evidence Coalition created the New York State Bill S1379/A2736, that would keep condoms from being used as evidence for solicited prostitution services. This bill was passed from the assembly to the Senate on June 21. This is good news for all the folks out there that appreciate and use their right to always be prepared for safe sex.