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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of female sex workers in Mekelle city, northern Ethiopia, 2014 (n = 346)

From: Unintended pregnancy among female sex workers in Mekelle city, northern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Age in years
15–19 109 31.5
20–24 135 39.0
25–29 64 18.5
>30 38 11.0
Relationship status
Had no regular partner 198 57.3
Had regular partner 87 25.0
Dissolved (widowed and divorced) 61 17.7
Educational status
Illiterate 62 17.9
Literate 284 82.1
Grade fulfilled (n = 284)
Elementary (1–8) 180 52.3
High school (9–12) 81 23.4
Higher education 23 6.4
Ethnicity
Tigrian 307 88.7
Others* 39 11.3
Religion
Orthodox 339 97.7
Others@ 7 2.3
Place of work
Bar 79 22.8
Hotel 35 10.1
Night club 30 8.7
Open door (in-house) 167 48.3
Street, coffee house and others# 35 10.1
Additional work
Yes 40 11.5
No 306 88.5
Type of additional work (n = 40)
Micro and small activity 20 50.0
Daily labor 8 20.0
Waiter 6 15.0
Coffee house, housemaid 6 15.0
Monthly income in USD
<=50 127 36.7
50–100 129 37.3
>100 and < =150 59 17.0
>150 31 9.0
Birth place
Urban 174 50.3
Rural 172 49.7
Arrived from out of Mekelle
Yes 293 84.7
No 53 15.3
Reason leaving birth place (n = 293)
Searching for better life 167 57.0
Fear of early marriage, war or instability 31 10.6
Family collapse 67 22.9
Others$ 28 9.5
  1. *Amhara, Oromo; @Muslim, protestant; #telephone call; $peer pressure, marriage.