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What if you were being punished for taking positive steps toward better health and safety? That's what the state of New York is doing by confiscating condoms from sex workers and using them to justify arrest for prostitution.

Counter-intuitive is the word that comes to mind. How can law enforcement truly think they are doing right by society by taking away its protection?

In North Carolina, a non-profit that helps sex workers is dropping condoms into bushes so individuals don't get caught with them. Director Robert Childs says, "It's very strange, in order to promote something that would be beneficial to the greater society, we have to be sneaky."

NY State Bill S1379-2013 would stop police from using possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution. Sign the petition and help State Senator Velmanette Montgomery push this important health-saving bill into law.

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Dear State Senator Velmanette Montgomery:

As you know, almost 10% of female prostitutes in major cities are infected with HIV. Even more shocking, 50% of the world's prostitutes are HIV-positive.

These are disturbing figures, especially considering condoms are highly effective at preventing all types of STDs.

But law enforcement in New York is overlooking this important fact by confiscating condoms in order to prove individuals' involvement in prostitution. Now, sex workers are afraid to carry condoms in fear they might be searched and prosecuted.

Morality aside, no one can argue that condoms are ineffective in preventing STDs. By punishing those wishing to stay safe, law enforcement is simply trading one ill for another.

Please do all you can to see that your proposed legislation becomes law. We can't punish individuals for doing the right thing.

Thank you for continuously taking a stand for public health.

Petition Signatures


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Apr 21, 2014 Lane Herman
Apr 20, 2014 Janice Thompson
Apr 19, 2014 Bjorn Skarbo
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Apr 18, 2014 marilu hernandez
Apr 18, 2014 Rejanne Alnuquerque
Apr 18, 2014 Charisse Wise
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Apr 16, 2014 Veronica Cantu
Apr 16, 2014 Shameira Johnson
Apr 14, 2014 Doris Volmar
Apr 12, 2014 JULIANNA BENEFIELD
Apr 8, 2014 sylvia fritsch
Apr 8, 2014 Adrienne Kohut
Apr 8, 2014 Stella bikaki
Apr 4, 2014 Graeme Collie
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Apr 2, 2014 Sherlene Evans
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Apr 1, 2014 giselle cordo
Apr 1, 2014 Jacki Hoover
Apr 1, 2014 Brandi Binau
Apr 1, 2014 Linda Paff
Apr 1, 2014 mercy myers
Apr 1, 2014 Kat Raisky
Apr 1, 2014 Sabrina Simington
Mar 30, 2014 Stephen Baranowski
Mar 30, 2014 judi donahue
Mar 29, 2014 Tracy Yarr
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Mar 27, 2014 Kathleen Serrano
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Mar 26, 2014 Galina Maksimova
Mar 26, 2014 Аlina Maksimova
Mar 25, 2014 Laura Kennell
Mar 24, 2014 Dianne Lonie Education, Not confiscation
Mar 23, 2014 Helen Kvelde
Mar 22, 2014 Lauren Holland
Mar 21, 2014 Kathryn LeMosy
Mar 21, 2014 Melora Jackson
Mar 20, 2014 Colleen M. King
Mar 20, 2014 Mihaela Stan
Mar 20, 2014 Alessandra Sorrentino
Mar 19, 2014 Cymone Turner
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Mar 19, 2014 Adam Stott

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