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Prevalence and Correlates of Client-Perpetrated Abuse Among Female Sex Workers in Two Mexico-U.S. Border Cities

  • Author(s): Ulibarri, MD
  • Strathdee, SA
  • Lozada, R
  • Magis-Rodriguez, C
  • Amaro, H
  • O'Campo, P
  • Patterson, TL
  • et al.

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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. © The Author(s) 2014.

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