Table 1

Background characteristics of female sex workers by experience of violence and mobility status in Andhra Pradesh, India
Characteristics Total sample (%) Experienced violence in the past one yeara Mobility for sex work in the past one yearb
No (%) Yes (%) p-value No (%) Yes (%) p-value
Total sample 2042 1690 352 714 1328
Age (in years)
<30 45.1 81.0 19.0 0.718 31.1 68.9 0.344
30+ 54.9 81.6 19.4 33.1 66.9
Marital status
Currently married 67.0 83.2 16.8 0.006 33.2 66.8 0.019
Never married 6.7 80.7 19.3 39.0 61.0
Previously married 26.3 76.8 23.2 28.0 72.0
Literacy
Illiterate 60.2 82.3 17.7 0.177 33.7 66.3 0.068
Literate 39.8 79.9 20.1 29.9 70.1
Alcohol consumption
Never 30.2 90.0 10.0 <0.001 53.3 46.7 <0.001
Ever 69.8 78.0 22.0 22.9 77.1
Experienced violence in the past one yeara
No 81.3 - - - 35.6 64.4 <0.001
Yes 18.7 17.6 82.5
Mobility for sex work in the past one yearb
No 32.2 89.8 10.2 <0.001 - - -
Yes 67.8 77.3 22.7
Duration of sex work (in years)
< 5 45.7 84.2 15.8 0.003 35.2 64.8 0.01
5+ 54.3 79.0 21.0 29.7 70.3
Have a regular non-paying partner
No 24.9 80.5 19.5 0.580 41.4 58.6 <0.001
Yes 75.1 81.6 18.4 29.2 70.8
Primary place for entertaining clientsc
Home-based 51.8 84.3 15.7 <0.001 33.3 66.7 0.182
Brothel-based 32.2 81.0 19.0 29.5 70.5
Public place 16.0 72.6 27.4 34.2 65.8
Client volume per week
<10 48.0 82.7 17.3 0.121 40.8 59.2 <0.001
10+ 52.0 80.0 20.0 23.8 76.2

a Physically beaten or forced to have sexual intercourse by any individual against their will in past one year.

b Travelled outside their current place of residence and practiced sex work during their visit in past one year.

c Home-based includes home and rented room; brothel-based includes brothel, dhaba, bar/night club and lodge; public place includes park, street, cinema hall, bus stand, railway station and vehicle.

Ramesh et al.

Ramesh et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:764   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-764

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