Violence against Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) and Its Consequences: A Brothel-Based Study in Bangladesh

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163930
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Violence against Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) and Its Consequences: A Brothel-Based Study in Bangladesh
Author(s):
Chanda, Sanchoy Kumar; Bhowmik, Krishna Rani; Uddin, Mirza Nizam
Author Details:
Sanchoy Kumar Chanda, Ph.D., Director, Training and Research, Society for Promotion of Health, Education and Environment (SPHEE), Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, email: sanchoychanda@yahoo.com; Krishna Rani Bhowmik; Mirza Nizam Uddin
Abstract:
Purpose: To estimate the incidence and severity of violence experienced by CSWs in a brothel in Bangladesh, to gain an understanding about the types and causes of violence experienced by CSWs and to sensitize the policy makers and stakeholders about the safety concerns of the brothel-based CSWs. Background: Several thousand Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) carry out their profession in many different ways, including providing brothel-based sexual services. Yet, this group has been unrecognized as a high-risk group for injury, and no organized information exists on violence among this group. Only print media reports on the violence against the Commercial Sex Workers. Design: During August and September 2004, 176 out of 982 CSWs in Tangail Brothel were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Only those who had been living there for 12 months or more were included in the study. A face-to-face interview with each CSW was conducted by trained female interviewers. The incidence of violence in the preceding year was collected along with their socio-demographic characteristics. Results: All CSWs experienced a number of episodes of violence during their stay in brothel. The estimated incidence of physical violence severe enough to restrict them from their normal activities or to seek medical treatment for ailments was 62%. Common type of physical assaults were beating (81.8%), punching (50%), kicking (34.5%), cutting (30%), cigarette burning (12%) and pulling of hair, crushing of fingers, burn with hot iron or hot water bottle in body or private parts (33.4%). The reasons were failure to negotiate (44.54%), monitory (35.45%), drunken clients (25.45%), perverted clients (16.36%), forced sex (10.9%), failure to satisfy customers (10.9%), wanting to escape from the brothel, refusal to have sex during menstrual periods, etc, (20.9%). Violence is usually carried out by clients (57.4%), pimps (39%), hooligans (32.7%), law-enforcement personnel (19%), Co-CSWs (18%) and boyfriends (2%). Conclusion: Violence is very common in brothels and incidence rates are much higher than national rates. This makes the CSWs the most vulnerable group for violence. Programs should be created immediately by policy makers to promote the safety of this highly vulnerable group.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Host:
McMaster University
Conference Location:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description:
2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleViolence against Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) and Its Consequences: A Brothel-Based Study in Bangladeshen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChanda, Sanchoy Kumaren_US
dc.contributor.authorBhowmik, Krishna Ranien_US
dc.contributor.authorUddin, Mirza Nizamen_US
dc.author.detailsSanchoy Kumar Chanda, Ph.D., Director, Training and Research, Society for Promotion of Health, Education and Environment (SPHEE), Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, email: sanchoychanda@yahoo.com; Krishna Rani Bhowmik; Mirza Nizam Uddinen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163930-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To estimate the incidence and severity of violence experienced by CSWs in a brothel in Bangladesh, to gain an understanding about the types and causes of violence experienced by CSWs and to sensitize the policy makers and stakeholders about the safety concerns of the brothel-based CSWs. Background: Several thousand Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) carry out their profession in many different ways, including providing brothel-based sexual services. Yet, this group has been unrecognized as a high-risk group for injury, and no organized information exists on violence among this group. Only print media reports on the violence against the Commercial Sex Workers. Design: During August and September 2004, 176 out of 982 CSWs in Tangail Brothel were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Only those who had been living there for 12 months or more were included in the study. A face-to-face interview with each CSW was conducted by trained female interviewers. The incidence of violence in the preceding year was collected along with their socio-demographic characteristics. Results: All CSWs experienced a number of episodes of violence during their stay in brothel. The estimated incidence of physical violence severe enough to restrict them from their normal activities or to seek medical treatment for ailments was 62%. Common type of physical assaults were beating (81.8%), punching (50%), kicking (34.5%), cutting (30%), cigarette burning (12%) and pulling of hair, crushing of fingers, burn with hot iron or hot water bottle in body or private parts (33.4%). The reasons were failure to negotiate (44.54%), monitory (35.45%), drunken clients (25.45%), perverted clients (16.36%), forced sex (10.9%), failure to satisfy customers (10.9%), wanting to escape from the brothel, refusal to have sex during menstrual periods, etc, (20.9%). Violence is usually carried out by clients (57.4%), pimps (39%), hooligans (32.7%), law-enforcement personnel (19%), Co-CSWs (18%) and boyfriends (2%). Conclusion: Violence is very common in brothels and incidence rates are much higher than national rates. This makes the CSWs the most vulnerable group for violence. Programs should be created immediately by policy makers to promote the safety of this highly vulnerable group.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:35:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:35:06Z-
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.hostMcMaster Universityen_US
dc.conference.locationDhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.description2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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