Police: If You’re Carrying Condoms, You Might Be a Hooker (Don’t cops have better things to do?!)

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Imagine a city that passes out condoms for free and
busts people who carry condoms. That’s what seems to be happening
in New Orleans, where the city’s health department doles out
protection while the city’s police department doles out
harassment.According to “In Harm’s Way,” a
recent report from Human Rights Watch, sex workers and those
suspected of engaging in sex work report that cops use the
possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution. (Similar police
practices have been documented in cities like Los Angeles, San
Francisco, and Washington, DC.)How do prostitutes react to harassment in the Big Easy? Often by
carrying fewer condoms or by having unprotected sex.The watchdog organization suggests that condom crackdowns, along
with vague loitering laws and bans on the non-medical sale and
distribution of syringes, may help explain why New Orleans’ rate of
new HIV/AIDS infection is the third-highest in the nation.Cleo, a 36-year-old woman, claims officers’ reach extends beyond
the streets. “In the French Quarter [in March 2013],” she says, “I
was at [a bar] with a man and the cops asked only the trans women
to go outside and they searched us. If we had condoms we got
arrested for attempted solicitation."However, the New Orleans Police Department takes issue with the
report. “NOPD does not arrest individuals for carrying condoms, as
possession of condoms is not a crime,”
says a police department spokesperson, who goes on to admit
that carrying condoms, “can--by law--be considered evidence” of
prostitution.1 minute, 45 seconds.Follow the show on Twitter (@DontCops), submit your nominees
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follower!"Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?" is written and directed
by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Produced by and
motion graphics by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Opening motion
graphics by Meredith Bragg. Camera by Zach Weissmueller. "Victim"
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