Candid facts about sex workers
Despite the fact that prostitution is the most ancient profession, sex workers are still the most misunderstood in the world. In many countries, there are strict laws prohibiting it and punishing those involved in it, which in turn has led to the criminalization of this area of activity. As a result, the sex services market has gone into the shadows and is closely intertwined with the underground drug and alcohol trafficking. The life and rights of the prostitutes themselves are not protected from cruelty and powerless exploitation.
15. Personal life of prostitutes is heavier than professional
According to statistics, sex workers consider their personal life more difficult than their work. Only every fifth of the respondents said that the work was more intense than their personal life, and 43% of the respondents thought that it was the opposite. Most prostitutes in everyday life are most likely to encounter addictions, family problems, physical and psychological violence - all that made them engage in prostitution.
14.Lack of money and lack of experience
Both the level of income and the level of experience in the sex industry are much higher for buyers of services than sellers. In 2014, the income of service buyers was $ 60,000 a year, the average earnings of service sellers were $ 39,500 a year, and managers earned $ 42,000. On the average the experience of the prostitute makes 10 years, and the experience of the buyer - 16 years. The first time a buyer acquires the services of a prostitute somewhere in 25 years, and the seller of sex services starts his business in about 26 years.
13. Prostitutes rarely compensate for work injuries.
According to a study by the Victoria Institute, 15% of sex workers from the respondents receive all sorts of injuries when providing services, but only 1% of the victims apply for compensation. This is explained by the fact that prostitution is an illegal business and, therefore, it cannot guarantee the safety and security of its employees on the part of the government. The fear of being punished for illegal activities prevents sex workers from seeking help from government agencies.
12. Sex workers are more likely to take tests than clients.
Researchers claim that 97% of sex workers are tested for HIV on a regular basis, while only 68% of clients do the same.It seems that clients are less concerned about their health than prostitutes. Ideally, those and others are required to undergo a medical examination prior to the provision of services - this would be an excellent method for preventing sexually transmitted diseases and would stop the spread of diseases.
11. Some sex workers have unprotected sex.
Since many clients do not test for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, and some sex workers offer unprotected sex to clients, the risk of spreading the disease is increasing. In Canada, according to a study, only 68% of prostitutes use condoms.
10. Gender inequality
The majority of sex workers are women, they constitute 77% of the employed. 17% are males, and 6% identify themselves as members of minority sex. In addition, it should be noted that 66% of those who do not consider themselves to be neither men nor women, during the provision of sex services plays the role of a woman.
9. Sexual orientation
Only 45% of sex workers consider themselves to be heterosexual, which is less than half of those who participated in the study.38% are bisexual, 6% are gay, 11% can be different on occasion. These studies show another imbalance, which is no longer associated with sex, but with sexual orientation.
8. Customer Habits
65% of clients prefer phone sex. 55% attend massage parlors, where they acquire sexual services. About 39% prefer to call prostitutes home, and other clients are looking for a prostitute on the street. These numbers indicate that sex buyers have at least two, if not more, ways to contact sex sellers. More than 99% of clients advocate the legalization of prostitution, they regularly appeal to sex workers on an ongoing basis, 4 times a year.
7. Age and Citizenship
Despite the fact that on average prostitutes become somewhere in 26 years, 29% of all sex workers are under the age of 19. Studies in Canada showed that 29% of priestesses of love experienced various problems in their lives, including family problems, loss of parents, lack of money, lack of support from the state, etc. All these factors were decisive in the choice of profession. In addition, 11% of prostitutes were foreign women, that is, girls born outside of Canada, but who came here to work.
6. The educational level of sex workers
The same studies in Canada showed that 67% of prostitutes graduated from school, while 88.4% of the total population of Canada received a certificate of secondary education. Regarding university education, 20.9% of Canadians received a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and 15% of sex workers also received higher education or attend graduate school.
5. Cruelty to sex workers
More than 40% of sex workers are abused by clients, managers and colleagues. According to research, 29% of prostitutes suffer from physical abuse, 29% from sexual and 18% from robbery. Of these, 16% of prostitutes suffer from clients, 14% are robbed by clients and 16% are forcibly involved in forms of sexual services that have not been previously agreed. 37% of managers reported that their wards were attacked last year.
4. Legalization of prostitution will reduce the level of diseases
According to the medical journal “The Lancet”, when the Brazilian government legalized prostitution, the incidence of HIV infection fell by 32%. When the government of South Africa began to implement a program on the availability of condoms for the population, the level of diseases for HIV decreased by 70%.Sex workers are, unfortunately, more concerned with problems with the forces of law and order than with health problems.
3. The best way to reduce the risk of HIV infection for sex workers
In addition to legalization, which contributes to reducing the level of diseases for HIV up to 33-46%, it is necessary to create safe working conditions in order to reduce the incidence of diseases by 21-45% and to protect sex workers from severe physical and sexual violence from 17-20%. Antiretroviral therapy will reduce the incidence and transmission of HIV by 9-34%.
2. The sex industry is evil or ...
The studies that were conducted in the UK by the University of Leeds, have chosen to study those who wanted to consciously engage in prostitution, and were not forced to do so due to various circumstances. The educational level of those who consciously chose this profession is much higher than other colleagues - 38% got a higher education and 17% entered graduate school.
1. Previous employment of sex workers
Scientists from the University of Leeds were also interested in the previous workplace of today's sex industry workers.Incredibly, 70% of respondents worked in the field of education, medicine, and charity.