Prevalence and correlates of client-perpetrated abuse among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities

Violence Against Women. 2014 Apr;20(4):427-45. doi: 10.1177/1077801214528582. Epub 2014 Mar 30.

Abstract

History of abuse has been associated with greater HIV risk among women. This study examined client-perpetrated abuse among female sex workers (FSWs) in two Mexico-U.S. border cities where HIV prevalence is rising. Among 924 FSWs, prevalence of client-perpetrated abuse was 31%. In multivariate logistic regression models, intimate partner violence (IPV), psychological distress, and having drug-using clients were associated with experiencing client-perpetrated abuse. FSWs along the Mexico-U.S. border report frequently experiencing abuse from both clients and intimate partners, which may have serious mental health consequences. Our findings suggest the need for screening and gender-based violence prevention services for Mexican FSWs.

Keywords: HIV risk; Hispanic women; client-perpetrated abuse; female sex workers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cities
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexico / epidemiology
  • Sex Work*
  • Sex Workers*
  • Spouse Abuse
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • United States
  • Violence* / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult