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Violence Against Women. 2014 Dec;20(12):1506-31. doi: 10.1177/1077801214557955. Epub 2014 Nov 18.

A border context of violence: Mexican female sex workers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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1
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA alicecep@usc.edu.
2
University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

Abstract

Female sex workers (FSW) represent a population confronted with an array of intersecting social problems. We explore the case of FSW in Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez to understand the everyday violence associated with sex work within the unique context of Mexico. Life history interviews were conducted with 109 FSW revealing violent acts by clients and other sex industry employees (bar owners, police, other FSW). The risk of violence by different types of persons associated with the sex work industry varied by venue and geographic area. Moreover, the violence was shaped by the social structural constraints of dominant gender ideologies.

KEYWORDS:

Mexico; female sex workers; violent victimization

PMID:
25409891
PMCID:
PMC5933926
DOI:
10.1177/1077801214557955
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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