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Table 1 Demographic characteristics and experiences of violence among women involved in sex work (n = 35)

From: Violence against women in sex work and HIV risk implications differ qualitatively by perpetrator

  % (n)
Age  
  18-25 5.7 (2)
  26-30 22.9 (8)
  31-35 17.1 (6)
  36-40 20.0 (7)
  41+ 34.3 (12)
Gender/identity  
  Female 94.2 (33)
  Transgender 5.7 (2)
Age at first sex trade (mean, range) (22.4, 13–45)
Race/ethnicity*  
  White 37.1 (13)
  African American 57.1 (20)
  Other 8.6 (3)
Sources of income other than sex trade*  
  None 37.1 (13)
  Job 11.4 (4)
  Financial help from partner 25.7 (9)
  Financial help from family or friends 22.9 (8)
  Other 17.1 (6)
Works with a pimp, i.e., someone who receives a portion of earnings in exchange for arranging paying clients or providing safety 14.3 (5)
Where do you identify clients?*  
  Street 62.9 (22)
  Cell phone 74.3 (26)
  Club or salon 42.9 (15)
  Internet 17.1 (6)
  Hotel 28.6 (10)
  My home 8.6 (3)
  They come to a house that is not mine 17.1 (6)
  Someone arranges it for me 2.9 (1)
Past month client violence  
  Physical violence 14.3 (5)
  Sexual violence 20.0 (7)
  Either physical or sexual 28.6 (10)
Past month intimate partner violence  
  Physical violence 11.4 (4)
  Sexual violence 8.6 (3)
  Either physical or sexual 17.1 (6)
Past month sexual violence perpetrated by police 5.7 (2)
Any abuse in the past month 42.9 (15)
  1. *not mutually exclusive.