Experience of violence among street prostitutes; a qualitative study in Iran

Authors

  • Ahmad Kalateh Sadati Department of Sociology, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
  • Nooshin Zarei Shiraz HIV/AIDS Research Center, Institute of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • Hossein Argasi Research Consulting Center of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences [RCC], Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • Seyed Taghi Heydari Health Policy Research Center, Institute of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5249/jivr.v11i1.865

Keywords:

Sex workers, violence experience, qualitative study, Iran

Abstract

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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Published

2019-01-12

How to Cite

Kalateh Sadati, A., Zarei, N., Argasi, H., & Heydari, S. T. (2019). Experience of violence among street prostitutes; a qualitative study in Iran. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, 11(1), 21–28. https://doi.org/10.5249/jivr.v11i1.865

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