Risk and risk management for Australian sex workers

Harris, Margaret, Nilan, Pam and Kirby, Emma (2011) Risk and risk management for Australian sex workers. Qualitative Health Research, 21 3: 386-398. doi:10.1177/1049732310385253

Author Harris, Margaret
Nilan, Pam
Kirby, Emma
Title Risk and risk management for Australian sex workers
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2011-03
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732310385253
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 386
End page 398
Total pages 13
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In this article, we address the experiences of female sex workers in urban Australia through analysis of interviews using a feminist approach. Although many previous studies have been conducted, our focus was on the voices of sex workers in an area that was rapidly gentrifying, leading to local community tensions. Intensive analysis of interview transcripts was employed to derive thematic codes for understanding how the women viewed and managed everyday risk in sex work. They were well aware of the health risks associated with sex work. For women working on premises, domain separation between sex work and other life domains was an important management strategy for maintaining self-esteem. For women working on the street, instincts honed by years of dangerous work provided a measure of safety. Our findings have implications for health and other agencies dealing with sex workers in situations in which community pressure is exerted to move sex workers away from the area.
Keyword Interviews
Sex workers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print October 15, 2010

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