Police Routinely Confiscate Condoms from Sex Workers, Increasing HIV Risk Says Open Society Foundations – Condom Possession Is Used by Some Prosecutors as Evidence of Criminal Activity
NEW YORK, July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via African Press Organization (APO)/ — New research from six countries found that stop-and-search practices by the police are making sex workers less likely to carry condoms, said the Open Society Foundations today.
The report, Criminalizing Condoms, surveyed sex workers in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe and found that police practices made it more likely that sex workers would have unprotected sex with their clients.
The law enforcement practices documented in the report fly in the face of government programs aimed at preventing the spread of HIV.
“While one arm of government works to get condoms into people’s hands, another is taking them away,” said Heather Doyle, Director…
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