In 35 States, Cops Can Legally Have Sex With Someone in Custody

It should go without saying that a person in police custody is not in a position to consent to sex — but apparently, it needs to be reiterated.

A Care2 petition is drawing attention to the fact that 35 states do not have laws on the books prohibiting police officers from engaging in sexual activity with people in custody. If this issue sounds like a massive legal loophole — and a nightmare waiting to happen — you’re not alone in your thinking.

recent report at Buzzfeed highlighted the issue for many members of the public who weren’t aware of this reality. When a teenager named Anna was brought into custody and raped repeatedly, she bravely reported the crime, and the officers involved were identified.

To her horror and fury, though, the

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