There’s a push by a state lawmaker to ban condoms from being used as evidence against suspected prostitutes.
Assembly Bill 336 would erase the dilemma for sex workers; they wouldn’t have to worry about the fear of being arrested versus protecting themselves.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat, says he’s not encouraging the illegal sex trade, he is advocating for safe sex practices.
Sergeant Jason Ramos with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department says he’s seen plenty of cases make it to court. Ramos says a condom is never enough to convict someone for selling sex.
“Let’s face it, plenty of people use condoms who aren’t involved in prostitution. That’s just one piece of many things we would review,” said Sgt. Jason Ramos.