One glance at the slot machine-filled restaurants or the pedestrians wandering around with open cups of beer will tell you that many things are legal in New Orleans that aren’t legal elsewhere throughout the United States. The city’s police, however, are currently cracking down harshly on the illicit prostitution that occurs there.
According to Raw Story, the New Orleans Police Department has been enforcing a “loitering for prostitution statute,” in which officers are arresting individuals on the streets that they suspect to be prostitutes.” One of the officers’ methods, however, is to arrest individuals that they discover to be carrying multiple condoms.
The Human Rights Watch has been pushing for the New Orleans Police Department to cease this practice, claiming that it encourages unsafe sex by making sex workers afraid to carry condoms due to risk of arrest.
Every bit as repulsive as forcing condoms on performers who don’t want them. Same kind of thinking. We’ll make their work more dangerous and maybe they’ll quit.
Or maybe they’ll just get sick instead.
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