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At the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, a group of Taiwanese sex workers, dressed as police officers, patrols the Global Village asking people if they have a condom. If they do, they place them temporarily “under arrest.” (If they don’t have a condom they’ll give you one from a big bag marked “evidence.”) The women say that Taiwan’s police will use such a thin pretext as possession of a condom to charge women with a crime. It’s typical, they say, of the criminalization of sex work around the world, something that’s complicating the struggle against HIV and AIDS.