UC San Diego
Prevalence and correlates of client-perpetrated abuse among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities.
- Author(s): Ulibarri, Monica D
- Strathdee, Steffanie A
- Lozada, Remedios
- Magis-Rodriguez, Carlos
- Amaro, Hortensia
- O'Campo, Patricia
- Patterson, Thomas L
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3999240/
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.