Bill could limit condoms as evidence of prostitution

AIDS Healthcare Foundation volunteers hand out free condoms in Washington.
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SACRAMENTO -- Condoms could become harder to introduce as evidence in prostitution cases under legislation approved by the Assembly on Friday.

The bill, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), would require prosecutors to show a judge that the presence of condoms is relevant to the case before they can be discussed during a trial.

The proposal (AB 336) now goes to the state Senate.

Ammiano originally wanted to completely ban the use of condoms as evidence in prostitution cases, saying he didn’t want fear of prosecution to prevent people from taking steps to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.


However, that proposal would have required a two-thirds vote to pass, a threshold it wasn’t able to meet.


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