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Violence Against Women. 2014 Apr;20(4):427-45. doi: 10.1177/1077801214528582. Epub 2014 Mar 30.

Prevalence and correlates of client-perpetrated abuse among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities.

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University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA.

Abstract

History of abuse has been associated with greater HIV risk among women. This study examined client-perpetrated abuse among female sex workers (FSWs) in two Mexico-U.S. border cities where HIV prevalence is rising. Among 924 FSWs, prevalence of client-perpetrated abuse was 31%. In multivariate logistic regression models, intimate partner violence (IPV), psychological distress, and having drug-using clients were associated with experiencing client-perpetrated abuse. FSWs along the Mexico-U.S. border report frequently experiencing abuse from both clients and intimate partners, which may have serious mental health consequences. Our findings suggest the need for screening and gender-based violence prevention services for Mexican FSWs.

KEYWORDS:

HIV risk; Hispanic women; client-perpetrated abuse; female sex workers

PMID:
24686125
PMCID:
PMC3999240
DOI:
10.1177/1077801214528582
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