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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of female sex workers before, during and after the 2010 Soccer World Cup in three cities of South Africa

From: Female sex work and international sport events - no major changes in demand or supply of paid sex during the 2010 Soccer World Cup: a cross-sectional study

Variables Study period P-value#
  Pre-WC During WC Post-WC  
  (May-June; n = 601), I (June-July; n = 508), II (Sept; n = 538), III  
Age, mean yrs (sd); n 30.3 (6.4) 30.4 (6.8) 30.2 (7.0) 0.94¥
n = 599 n = 505 n = 529  
Highest education level, n/N (%)
 None or primary incomplete 116/572 (20.3%) 97/487 (19.9%) 105/507 (20.3%)  
 Primary 298/572 (52.1%) 277/487 (56.9%) 245/507 (48.3%)  
 Secondary 109/572 (19.1%) 96/487 (19.7%) 131/507 (25.8%)  
 Tertiary 49/572 (8.6%) 17/487 (3.5%) 26/507 (5.1%) 0.001
City, n/N (%)
Johannesburg 234/601 (38.9%) 197/508 (38.8%) 212/538 (39.4%)  
Cape Town 161/601 (26.8%) 137/508 (27.0%) 161/538 (29.9%)  
Rustenburg 206/601 (34.3%) 174/508 (34.3%) 165/538 (30.7%) 0.62
Relationship status n (%)
 Single 405/592 (68.4%) 336/502 (66.9%) 343/526 (65.2%)  
 Regular partner, lives alone 98/592 (16.6%) 93/502 (18.5%) 107/526 (20.3%)  
 Lives with regular partner 89/592 (15.0%) 73/502 (14.5%) 76/526 (14.5%) 0.62
Number of child dependants n/N (%)
 0 104/601 (17.3%) 125/508 (24.6%) 121/538 (22.5%)  
 1 153/601 (25.5%) 145/508 (28.5%) 153/538 (28.4%)  
 2-3 231/601 (28.4%) 175/508 (34.5%) 201/538 (37.4%)  
 4+ 113/601 (18.8%) 63/508 (12.4%) 63/538 (11.7%) 0.001
Main venue solicits clients n/N (%)
 Hotel/brothel or massage parlour 196/563 (34.8%) 151/472 (32.0%) 165/513 (32.2%)  
 Street 198/ 563 (35.2%) 123/472 (26.1%) 126/513 (24.6%)  
 Shebeen/bar/club or home 100/563 (17.8%) 40/472 (8.5%) 59/513 (11.5%)  
 Combination of venues 69/563 (12.3%) 158/472 (33.5%) 163/513 (31.8%) <0.001
Duration in sex work industry, n/N (%)
 <1 year 72/558 (12.9%) 81/465 (17.8%) 64/498 (12.9%)  
 1–5 years 211/558 (37.8%) 165/456 (36.2%) 175/498 (35.1%)  
 5+ years 275/558 (49.3%) 210/456 (46.1%) 259/498 (52.0%) 0.11
  1. WC World Cup; yrs years; sd standard deviation; # chi-square test; ¥Anova test; Shebeen is an informal/unlicensed bar; Denominator below N in each period due to some incomplete questionnaires.