Prostitution and Beyond is an edited volume that discusses a spectrum of issues that are pertinent to sex workers in India. These issues have been dealt with on various research platforms before. By collectively presenting these diverse research conclusions, this volume explores the broader interconnectivity of issues that affect women in prostitution. Its objective is to reach a wider audience consisting of both women who are initiated, and those as yet uninitiated into prostitution. This volume takes on the responsibility of countering the negativity that has come to be indelibly associated with any mention of sex workers. This is reflected in the construction of the sections and the choice of papers, group discussions, interviews and commentaries included in this volume. Throughout its four sections of feminist discourse, ethnographic studies, socio-economic legal-health frameworks and cultural reflections, this book draws on the experiences of academicians, activists, researchers and scholars with varied backgrounds.

In the Interest of Business and Health: Women Sex Workers' Efforts to Protect themselves from HIV

In the Interest of Business and Health: Women Sex Workers' Efforts to Protect themselves from HIV

In the interest of business and health: Women sex workers' efforts to protect themselves from HIV

Women in the sex industry have witnessed the HIV/AIDS pandemic since its advent and continue to suffer high levels of HIV infection. However, health interventions tend to stigmatize them by targeting them in isolation and often labelling them as the source of infection. There are a number of reasons for this, some of which are based on biased social perceptions of sex and sex workers and others are about societal notions of disease and social exclusion. A World Bank (1998) report suggests that health interventions with sex workers are often not effective because sex ...

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