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SAN FRANCISCO — California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 233, which protects against arrest for prostitution offenses when reporting serious crimes and prohibits police from using the possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution, into law.

Originally sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener, Assembly Members Bill Quirk and Laura Friedman, the new legislation amends California’s penal code to grant immunity to persons who report either being a victim of or witness to a serious felony, such as domestic violence; extortion; human trafficking; sexual battery or stalking from arrest for a misdemeanor violation related to an act of prostitution under California Penal Code 647. 

It additionally renders condoms inadmissible as evidence in the prosecution of offenses related to prostitution.