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Condoms for sex work: protection or evidence?

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

...Canadian police officers in some areas also appear to consider confiscating condoms in locations suspected of housing sex workers to be an acceptable practice. "What we have heard, anecdotally, is that condoms are being used as evidence of sex work indoors, in places like massage parlours," says Kate Shannon, director of the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. "Indoors can certainly be safer than outdoors for sex workers. Having access to condoms indoors is important."