Table 4

Distribution of select variables for the gap between first vaginal intercourse and the first sexual intercourse in exchange for money for female sex workers (FSWs).

Gap between first vaginal intercourse and first sexual intercourse in exchange for money (years)*


Variable

Variable categories

Total (6646)

None (N = 922) (% of total) [% of N]

>0–2 (N = 481) (% of total) [% of N]

>2–5 (N = 1062) (% of total) [% of N]

>5–10 (N = 2102) (% of total) [% of N]

>10–15 (N = 1393) (% of total) [% of N]

>15 (N = 686) (% of total) [% of N]


Age at starting sex work (years)

12–15

580

481 (82.9) [52.2]

98 (16.9) [20.4]

1 (0.2) [0.1]

0

0

0

16–19

1391

414 (29.8) [44.9]

348 (25.0) [72.3]

589 (42.3) [55.5]

40 (2.9) [1.9]

0

0

20–24

2017

26 (1.3) [2.8]

34 (1.7) [7.1]

452 (22.4) [42.6]

1432 (71.0) [68.1]

73 (3.6) [5.2]

0

25–29

1763

0

1 (0.1) [0.2]

19 (1.1) [1.8]

613 (34.8) [29.2]

1087 (61.7) [78.0]

43 (2.4) [6.3]

30–34

692

1 (0.1) [0.1]

0

1 (0.1) [0.1]

17 (2.5) [0.8]

228 (32.9) [16.4]

445 (64.3) [64.9]

> = 35

203

0

0

0

0

5 (2.5) [0.4]

198 (97.5) [28.9]


Type of FSW

Street-based

5010

364 (7.3) [39.5]

316 (6.3) [65.7]

846 (16.9) [79.7]

1731 (34.6) [82.4]

1179 (23.5) [84.6]

574 (11.5) [83.7]

Home-based

1497

508 (33.9) [55.1]

149 (10.0) [31.0]

197 (13.2) [18.5]

337 (22.5) [16.0]

199 (13.3) [14.3]

107 (7.1) [15.6]

Brothel-based

139

50 (36.0) [5.4]

16 (11.5) [3.3]

19 (13.7) [1.8]

34 (24.5) [1.6]

15 (10.8) [1.1]

5 (3.6) [0.7]


Marital status†‡

Never married

1116

816 (73.1) [88.5]

189 (16.9) [39.3]

82 (7.3) [7.7]

24 (2.2) [1.1]

4 (0.4) [0.3]

1 (0.1) [0.1]

Currently married

2697

58 (2.2) [6.3]

170 (6.3) [35.3]

550 (20.4) [51.8]

1083 (40.2) [51.5]

578 (21.4) [41.5]

258 (9.6) [37.6]

Others

2833

48 (1.7) [5.2]

122 (4.3) [25.4]

430 (15.2) [40.5]

995 (35.1) [47.3]

811 (258.6) [58.2]

427 (15.1) [62.2]


Caste†§

Forward

333

33 (9.9) [3.6]

25 (7.5) [5.2]

59 (17.7) [5.6]

104 (31.2) [4.9]

69 (20.7) [5.0]

43 (12.9) [6.3]

Backward

2805

586 (20.9) [63.6]

242 (8.6) [50.3]

439 (15.7) [41.3]

812 (28.9) [38.6]

510 (18.2) [36.6]

216 (7.7) [31.5]

Scheduled

2350

209 (8.9) [22.7]

131 (5.6) [27.2]

388 (16.5) [36.5]

799 (34.0) [38.0]

566 (24.1) [40.6]

257 (10.9) [37.5]

Scheduled tribe

698

37 (5.3) [4.0]

61 (8.7) [12.7]

120 (17.2) [11.3]

237 (34.0) [11.3]

134 (19.2) [9.6]

109 (15.6) [15.9]

Not applicable

458

55 (12.0) [6.0]

22 (4.8) [4.6]

56 (12.2) [5.3]

150 (32.8) [7.1]

114 (24.9) [8.2]

61 (13.3) [8.9]


Education level

Illiterate

4965

576 (11.6) [62.5]

322 (6.5) [66.9]

765 (15.4) [72.0]

1589 (32.0) [75.6]

1101 (22.2) [79.0]

612 (12.3) [89.2]

Primary education (classes I to V)

1206

242 (20.1) [26.2]

104 (8.6) [21.6]

204 (16.9) [19.2]

382 (31.7) [18.2]

215 (17.8) [15.4]

59 (4.9) [8.6]

More than primary education

475

104 (21.9) [11.3]

55 (11.6) [11.4]

93 (19.6) [8.8]

131 (27.6) [6.2]

77 (16.2) [5.5]

15 (3.2) [2.2]


Rural-urban area from where FSW was sampled†¶

Rural

1446

348 (24.1) [37.7]

142 (9.8) [29.5]

224 (15.5) [21.1]

362 (25.0) [17.2]

228 (15.8) [16.4]

142 (9.8) [20.7]

Urban small

748

131 (17.5) [14.2]

57 (7.6) [11.9]

143 (19.1) [13.5]

215 (28.7) [10.2]

142 (19.0) [10.2]

60 (8.0) [8.7]

Urban medium

2838

299 (10.5) [32.4]

181 (6.4) [37.6]

460 (16.2) [43.3]

952 (33.5) [45.3]

665 (23.4) [47.7]

281 (9.9) [41.0]

Urban large

1614

144 (8.9) [15.6]

101 (6.3) [21.0]

235 (14.6) [22.1]

573 (35.5) [27.3]

358 (22.2) [25.7]

203 (12.6) [29.6]


*None denotes that the age at first vaginal intercourse and at starting sex work was same.

†p < 0.001, Chi-square test; data not available for 2 FSWs.

‡Others include separated/divorced/widowed.

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

¶Urban small were towns with population <50000; urban medium were towns/cities with population 50001 – 200000; urban large were cities with population more than 200000; this classification was done based on Census of India data for each sub-site.

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

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