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Table 1 Distribution of variables related to sex work for the different types of FSWs.

From: High risk of HIV in non-brothel based female sex workers in India

   Type of female sex workers*
Variable Variable categories Street-based (N = 5010) Number (% of N) Home-based (N = 1499) Number (% of N) Brothel-based (N = 139) Number (% of N) Total (N = 6648) Number (% of N)
Age at starting sex work (years) 12–15 191 (3.8%) 356 (23.7%) 33 (23.7%) 580 (8.7%)
  16–19 955 (19.1%) 394 (26.3%) 43 (30.9%) 1392 (20.9%)
  20–24 1643 (32.8%) 334 (22.3%) 40 (28.8%) 2017 (30.3%)
  25–29 1475 (29.4%) 273 (18.3%) 15 (10.8%) 1763 (26.5%)
  30–34 578 (11.5%) 109 (7.3%) 5 (3.6%) 692 (10.4%)
  > = 35 168 (3.4%) 32 (2.1%) 3 (2.2%) 203 (3.1%)
Duration of being in sex work (years) 1 year or less 916 (18.3%) 174 (11.6%) 23 (16.5%) 1113 (16.7%)
  1.1 – 2.0 1060 (21.2%) 195 (13.0%) 18 (12.9%) 1273 (19.1%)
  2.1 – 3.0 892 (17.8%) 234 (15.6%) 20 (14.4%) 1146 (17.2%)
  3.1 – 4.0 629 (12.6%) 186 (12.4%) 16 (11.5%) 831 (12.5%)
  4.1 – 5.0 567 (11.3%) 196 (13.1%) 23 (16.5%) 786 (11.8%)
  More than 5 946 (18.9%) 514 (34.3%) 39 (28.1%) 1499 (22.5%)
Number of months practiced sex work in the last 12 months 0–6 409 (8.2%) 59 (3.9%) 12 (8.7%) 480 (7.2%)
  7–9 583 (11.6%) 127 (8.5%) 8 (5.8%) 718 (10.8%)
  10–12 4016 (80.2%) 1312 (87.6%) 118 (85.5%) 5446 (82%)
Number of paying clients in the last 7 days None 638 (12.7%) 151 (10.1%) 8 (5.8%) 797 (12.0%)
  1–2 631 (12.6%) 156 (10.4%) 5 (3.6%) 792 (11.9%)
  3–7 2159 (43.1%) 495 (33.0%) 28 (20.1%) 2682 (40.3%)
  8–14 1322 (26.4%) 471 (31.4%) 46 (33.1%) 1839 (27.7%)
  15–28 248 (5.0%) 220 (14.7%) 49 (35.3%) 517 (7.8%)
  More than 28 12 (0.2%) 6 (0.4%) 3 (2.2%) 21 (0.3%)
Income in the last 7 days from sex work (in Indian Rupees) None 637 (12.7%) 151 (10.1%) 9 (6.5%) 797 (12.0%)
  250 or less (US $5.5 or less) 1688 (33.7%) 292 (19.5%) 14 (10.1%) 1994 (30.0%)
  251 – 500 1551 (31.0%) 360 (24.0%) 29 (20.9%) 1940 (29.2%)
  More than 500 1132 (22.6%) 696 (46.4%) 87 (62.6%) 1915 (28.8%)
Participation in FSW support group Yes 433 (8.6%) 152 (10.1%) 15 (10.8%) 600 (9.0%)
  No 4576 (91.4%) 1347 (89.9%) 124 (89.2%) 6047 (91.0%)
Family aware of sex work Yes 1157 (23.1%) 954 (63.6%) 69 (49.6%) 2180 (32.8%)
  No 3836 (76.6%) 542 (36.2%) 69 (49.6%) 4447 (66.9%)
  Refused to answer 14 (0.3%) 3 (0.2%) 1 (0.7%) 18 (0.3%)
  1. *The total of sub-categories may not always be 5010, 1499, and 139 due to a few missing values for street-, home-, brothel-based FSWs, respectively.