Our nation’s capital. Just as with Congress and the White House, forward thinking is a hallmark of municipal thinking.

Think you might get lucky tonight? Well, if you’re in D.C., don’t bring more than two condoms in your purse, or you could be arrested as a prostitute.

In D.C., police can declare “Prostitution Free Zones” where officers can pick up (I mean, arrest) anyone suspected of sex work. And they’ve been accused of using carrying three or more condoms as proof of intent to sell sex — rather than intent to spend the weekend getting jiggy with a guy.

But as RH Reality Check points out, the real danger of this law falls to people who actually are sex workers. It pushes them to abandon safe sex techniques, putting their own health at risk as well as that of the general population. Add to this the fear of arrest or harassment that keeps sex workers from seeking health care, and you have a recipe for disaster.

  1. deowll says:

    Of course this law is stupid. We have lots of stupid laws designed to make people sick while allowing politicians claim they are serving the public. I consider the current health care bills to fall into that category.

  2. Congress UV Disenfecting Lights Washroom says:

    Lots of hot air in Congress & the Senate
    Wonder how many used condoms these fellows are carrying ?
    Its no wonder that they have U.V. Ultraviolet Disinfecting lights in the washrooms at Congress

  3. Nappy Headed Ho says:

    There are some guys that I make wear 4 condoms.

  4. Improbus says:

    @Nappy Headed Ho

    If you need to use that many condoms maybe you shouldn’t be having sex with them. Nasty.

  5. sargasso says:

    A recipe for disaster, in a city where 3% of people have AIDS. AIDS epidemic in Washington, DC | PRI.ORG http://bit.ly/7ux6Np

  6. bill says:

    Don’t they realize that this will put congress and their families at great risk?

  7. brm says:

    Do these lawmakers not have after-sex sex?

  8. Angel H. Wong says:

    BIG ADVICE TO WOMEN: If the guy you’re going to have with dumps ya because you don’t want to have unprotected sex then you’re free to tell anyone he’s a homo. Straight men sure complain about it but when the girl’s legs are making a “V” and her peekachoo is drooling no guy will say no to that.

  9. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    You can’t buy just one except at gas stations…they come in boxes of 12 and 3…so if she buys a box of three at the convenience store that’s a problem?

  10. Father says:

    When did circumstancial “evidence” become sufficient to prove deliberated intent?

  11. AdmFubar says:

    and what about the guys?? or does this only apply to female street walkers?

  12. Somebody says:

    “and what about the guys?? or does this only apply to female street walkers?”

    They don’t walk the streets. They work out of Barney Frank’s house.

  13. Breetai says:


    Was about to say the same thing. It’s not like they sell singles.

  14. Animby says:

    9 Angel H. Wong said, “…when the girl’s legs are making a “V” and her peekachoo is drooling no guy will say no to that.”

    Well, depends on the color of the drool.

  15. anon says:

    totality of circumstances. if you don’t know what that means you shouldn’t be shooting your mouth off.

  16. eddylu says:

    This basically means police can arrest any woman in a designated “Prostitution Free Zone” rummage through her belongings for any reason they deem fit. How does the average visitor to dc know where a “PFZ” is? Are these designated ahead of time? By whom? Can a cop just designate one on the fly?

    Amen to Walker Boh. All victimless crimes need to be taken off the law books. Maybe then the police could concentrate on helping keep the peace instead of mindlessly enforcing the law and looking for ways to collect revenue for the state. And all this intent stuff needs to be thrown out the window. Cops carry guns all day, does that mean they have the intent to kill someone? Arrest them all!

  17. Crazy Smart says:

    Just stop with the laws about magic and superstition. You should be allowed to sell sex. If someone wants to pay your $5 for a bj, or $10 to help them move boxes of records, who cares. If YOUR body, your choice, again, like the “Drug War”(tm), the criminal side (pimps) comes into this BECAUSE it’s illegal. But the idiots in the world thinking making it super duper really ultra illegal will make it better. Never has in history. Just makes it worse.

  18. Benjamin says:

    This has Fourth Amendment problems.


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