New York urged to stop use of condoms as evidence

Advocates for sex workers, runaway teens and transgender persons are urging New York officials to ban the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution-related crimes.

A New York City Council committee held a hearing Monday on a proposed resolution encouraging the State Legislature to prohibit police from confiscating condoms from suspected sex workers for potential use in prosecutions. Civil rights groups have long opposed the practice, saying it amounts to harassment and undermines efforts to combat the spread of disease.

Police in New York City announced last month that they would no longer take condoms as evidence of prostitution.

Critics say New York City's new policy doesn't go far enough because it still allows police to seize condoms for use in sex trafficking. They'd like a broader, statewide ban.