The influence of power, poverty and agency in the negotiation of condom use for female sex workers in mainland China

Choi, S and Holroyd, E 2007, 'The influence of power, poverty and agency in the negotiation of condom use for female sex workers in mainland China', Culture Health and Sexuality, vol. 9, pp. 489-503.


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Title The influence of power, poverty and agency in the negotiation of condom use for female sex workers in mainland China
Author(s) Choi, S
Holroyd, E
Year 2007
Journal name Culture Health and Sexuality
Volume number 9
Start page 489
End page 503
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper analyses barriers to consistent condom use in the context of transactional sex among female sex workers in mainland China. It reveals how differences in socioeconomic profile and organisational hierarchies amongst different groups of sex workers create different barriers to condom use. Data was collected by means of field observation of entertainment venues and in-depth interviews. Findings suggest that, compared with other sex workers, street-walkers are less likely to use condoms with their clients, hold highly disadvantaged socioeconomic profiles and work in isolation. Major barriers to condom use link to economic deprivation and threats of violence from clients. For the women working in entertainment venues, drunkenness of clients, pricing mechanisms and familiarity with clients pose barriers to condom use. Yet within all these constraints women are not powerless and instead find ways to exercise agency and gain personal protection and economic advantage. In the newly emerging China, both structural hierarchies of work and individual agency inform condom use by female sex workers. Future HIV intervention programmes need to take these factors into account in order to meet the needs of different groups of women sex workers.
Subject Nursing not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Sexually-Transmitted Infections
Prevention Intervention
Risk Behavior
Hiv Risk
Prostitution
Violence
Transmission
Knowledge
Province
Yunnan
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13691050701220446
Copyright notice © 2007 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 1369-1058
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