Table 1

Distribution of demographic characteristics for the three types of female sex workers.

Type of female sex workers


Variable

Variable categories

Street-based (N = 5010) Number (% of N)

Home-based (N = 1499) Number (% of N)

Brothel-based (N = 139) Number (% of N)

Total (N = 6648) Number (% of N)

Chi-square test for trend


Age group (years)

16–19

409 (8.2)

233 (15.5)

28 (20.1)

670 (10.1)

p < 0.0001

20–24

1215 (24.3)

472 (31.5)

52 (37.4)

1739 (26.2)

25–29

1541 (30.8)

365 (24.3)

27 (19.4)

1933 (29.1)

30–34

1087 (21.7)

251 (16.7)

18 (12.9)

1356 (20.4)

35–39

538 (10.7)

124 (8.3)

12 (8.6)

674 (10.1)

40–44

182 (3.6)

43 (2.9)

1 (0.7)

226 (3.4)

45–49

35 (0.7)

10 (0.7)

1 (0.7)

46 (0.7)

50–54

3 (0.1)

1 (0.1)

0

4 (0.1)


Caste*

Forward

256 (5.1)

64 (4.3)

13 (9.4)

333 (5.0)

p < 0.0001

Backward

1808 (36.1)

910 (60.7)

89 (64.0)

2807 (42.2)

Scheduled

1946 (38.8)

381 (25.4)

23 (16.5)

2350 (35.3)

Scheduled tribe

649 (13.0)

46 (3.1)

3 (2.2)

698 (10.5)

Not applicable

349 (7.0)

98 (6.5)

11 (7.9)

458 (6.9)


Education level

Illiterate

3851 (76.9)

1017 (67.8)

98 (70.5)

4966 (74.7)

p < 0.0001

Primary education (classes I to V)

862 (17.2)

318 (21.2)

27 (19.4)

1207 (18.2)

More than primary education

297 (5.9)

164 (10.9)

14 (10.1)

475 (7.1)


Marital status

Currently married

2280 (45.5)

394 (26.3)

24 (17.3)

2698 (40.6)

p < 0.0001

Separated

1539 (30.7)

347 (23.1)

37 (26.6)

1923 (28.9)

Divorced

82 (1.6)

35 (2.3)

1 (0.7)

118 (1.8)

Widowed

642 (12.8)

139 (9.3)

11 (7.9)

792 (11.9)

Never married

467 (9.3)

584 (39.0)

66 (47.5)

1117 (16.8)


Number of living children

None

890 (17.8)

585 (39.0)

71 (51.1)

1546 (23.3)

p < 0.0001

1

1035 (20.7)

275 (18.3)

23 (16.5)

1333 (20.1)

2

1684 (33.6)

349 (23.3)

25 (18.0)

2058 (31.0)

>2

1401 (28.0)

290 (19.3)

20 (14.4)

1711 (25.7)


*Not applicable for those belonging to religion other than Hindu.

†Separated: not staying with husband but not legally divorced.

Dandona et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2006 6:5   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-6-5

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