Sex workers across the world must often make a dangerous choice between protecting their health and avoiding police harassment or arrest. In many countries, police treat condoms as contraband, confiscating or destroying condoms they find on sex workers during both legal and illegal searches. Prosecutors may use confiscated condoms as criminal evidence of prostitution.
Cops & Rubbers is a roleplaying game, designed by Lien Tran, based on research conducted by Open Society Foundations' SHARP program partners in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Russia, and USA, and includes quotes from actual sex workers in these countries who have suffered violations to their public health rights and human rights because of this policy.
Since its launch at the 2012 International AIDS Conference, the tabletop version of Cops and Rubbers has been played by hundreds of people across 6 continents. Players often develop empathy for sex workers by playing from their perspective and by making difficult choices that jeopardize their health in order to fulfill their basic needs.
Order your own copy - or play the online version - today and share it with your community!
Cops and Rubbers is both a facilitated tabletop game for up to 6 players per game set as well as a single-player unfacilitated online game. Below are relevant links to help guide you in using the game for advocacy purposes, including reports on the condoms as evidence issue and how games like Cops and Rubbers can be used as interactive alternatives to standard advocacy tools.
Questions or comments? Please contact Lien Tran.