Experience of violence among street prostitutes; a qualitative study in Iran
Keywords:Sex workers, violence experience, qualitative study, Iran
Background: Female Sex workers (FSWs) are a marginalized group specifically in the contexts where prostitution is known as an illegal work. Although some studies showed various types of violence against sex workers, this subject needs more in-depth knowledge.
Method: This is a conventional content study on 18 street sex workers in Shiraz, Iran.
Results: The study explored that sex workers have extensive experiences of five forms violence: physical, barbaric violence, psychological, sexual, deception and robbery. These issues are deep-rooted in their previous experiences before becoming a prostitute and it comes full circle as a prostitute. Although FSWs are accustomed to violence, this leads to formation of another type of violence called, hidden slavery with male or female pimps.
Conclusion: To improve general health of this group, it is recommended that they should be supported by social institutions and to provide psychological consultations.
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