WEIGHT: 50 kg
Sex services: Role Play & Fantasy, Travel Companion, Tantric, Sex vaginal, Food Sex
The data underlying this study contain sensitive information related to the geographic and social mapping of sensitive populations. In addition, transcripts were collected as field notes. Data requests should be directed to Melody Shana at: wz.
Young women aged 15—24 who exchange sex for money or other support are among the highest risk groups for HIV acquisition, particularly in high prevalence settings. In each site, we talked to adult sex workers and other key informants to identify locations where young women sell sex, followed by direct observation, group discussions and interviews.
We collected data on socio-demographic characteristics of young women who sell sex, the structure and organisation of their sexual exchanges, interactions with each other and adult sex workers, and engagement with health services.
Similarities include the concentration of younger women in street-based venues in town centres, their conflict with older sex workers due to competition for clients and acceptance of lower payments, and reluctance to attend existing services.
Key differences were found in the 4 university towns included in our sample, where female students participate in diverse forms of sexual exchange but do not identify themselves as selling sex. In smaller towns where illegal gold panning or trucking routes were found, young women migrated in from surrounding rural areas specifically to sell sex.