Journal article

Sex workers working within a legalised industry: their side of the story

J Groves, DC Newton, MY Chen, J Hocking, CS Bradshaw, CK Fairley

Sexually Transmitted Infections | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine the characteristics and work attitudes of female sex workers working in licensed brothels in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of sex workers working at 38 of the 92 licensed brothels operating in Victoria during 2006. RESULTS: Of the 108 women approached, 97 (90%) completed the questionnaire. Women working in the legal sex industry in Victoria were generally aged between 23 and 35 years (51%), had completed high school (26%) and had worked in the industry for more than 5 years (43%). Half had dependent children and one third were in a relationship. Women's primary motivation for working in the sex industry was financial, whether this was t..

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