Table 1

Sociodemographic and sex work characteristics of FSWs and experience of violence in the past year1

Characteristic

Not Beaten or raped past year %

(n = 3439)

Beaten or raped past year %

(n = 413)

P value (Wald- test)


Current age (years)

<25

17.8

22.5

25-29

22.1

26.1

30-34

18.7

18.9

0.04

35-39

21.8

19.0

40+

19.7

13.6

Mean

31.9

30.3


Literacy

Illiterate

65.5

64.9

0.8


Marital status

Never married

12.6

11.2

Cohabiting

1.9

5.6

Currently married

39.3

38.2

0.002

Widowed/Divorced/separated/deserted

38.5

39.9

Devadasi

7.7

5.2


Additional income

Yes

64.5

65.4

0.8


Residency

Local dweller

87.3

80.7

0.0007


Sex work outside district past 6 months

No

88.3

73.7

<0.001


Yes

11.7

26.3


Sex work in Mumbai: Ever

No

97.5

94.0

0.0002


Yes

2.6

6.0


Age at first sex (years)

<15

37.6

43.3

15-19

52.3

47.8

20-24

8.8

8.2

0.13

25+

1.3

0.7

Mean

15.6

15.3


Age started sex work (years)

<20

25.3

31.5

20-24

25.5

31.1

0.0006

25-29

23.4

20.2

30+

25.8

17.2

Mean

24.8

23.0


Duration sex work (years)

0-1

20.3

15.6

2 to 4

29.4

30.1

0.07

4 to 9

22.1

27.4

10+

28.3

26.9


Usual place of solicitation

Home

40.4

40.7

Brothel/lodge/dhaba

12.5

10.1

0.5

Public places

47.1

49.2


Usual place of entertaining clients

Home

61.0

52.3

Brothel/lodge/dabha

28.4

31.1

0.006

Public places

10.6

16.6


Charge for sex (Rupees)

< = 100

49.1

55.4

0.04

>100

50.9

44.6

Mean

219

194


Commercial clients per week

1 to 4

22.4

15.6

5 to 9

28.4

27.2

0.008

10+

49.2

57.2

Mean

11.7

14.2


Earnings per week (from sex work)

<500

24.5

24.7

501-1500

33.4

29.7

0.4

1501+

42.2

45.6


Regular partner

Regular partner

60.4

69.6

0.001


1Data from the integrated behavioural and biological assessments

Beattie et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:476   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-476

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