Women and Girls in the Sex Industry in Hong Kong: An Anthropological Approach

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163954
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Women and Girls in the Sex Industry in Hong Kong: An Anthropological Approach
Author(s):
Holroyd, Eleanor
Author Details:
Eleanor Holroyd, PhD, Associate Professor, Nursing Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chung Chi College, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, email: eholroyd@cuhk.edu.hk
Abstract:
In Hong Kong it was estimated that there were at least 200,000 female sex workers in 2002. This paper draws upon recent papers as well as the researcher's own studies to explore the effect that sex work has had on the girls' and women's mental health and suggests a new role for community involvement. Hong Kong's female sex workers tend to be less educated than the general female population, work longer hours, take drugs and alcohol and risk being abused while at work. Furthermore, for women streetwalkers, low scores were reported on a 'Psychological' subsection of the Chinese version of the WHO Quality of Life Questionnaire when compared to the general population. Highlighted is the critical importance of developing a new role, both internationally and within the Asian region, for outreach - a role that is visible, affordable, accessible and takes place on the streets. The primary focus of the new role is to establish a close, working relationship between sex workers, sex industry owners and operators, health agencies and local authorities. The importance of embracing the complexity of mental health issues that inform sex work is underscored by affirming the health rights of sex workers and health of the public.
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.
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWomen and Girls in the Sex Industry in Hong Kong: An Anthropological Approachen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHolroyd, Eleanoren_US
dc.author.detailsEleanor Holroyd, PhD, Associate Professor, Nursing Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chung Chi College, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, email: eholroyd@cuhk.edu.hken_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163954-
dc.description.abstractIn Hong Kong it was estimated that there were at least 200,000 female sex workers in 2002. This paper draws upon recent papers as well as the researcher's own studies to explore the effect that sex work has had on the girls' and women's mental health and suggests a new role for community involvement. Hong Kong's female sex workers tend to be less educated than the general female population, work longer hours, take drugs and alcohol and risk being abused while at work. Furthermore, for women streetwalkers, low scores were reported on a 'Psychological' subsection of the Chinese version of the WHO Quality of Life Questionnaire when compared to the general population. Highlighted is the critical importance of developing a new role, both internationally and within the Asian region, for outreach - a role that is visible, affordable, accessible and takes place on the streets. The primary focus of the new role is to establish a close, working relationship between sex workers, sex industry owners and operators, health agencies and local authorities. The importance of embracing the complexity of mental health issues that inform sex work is underscored by affirming the health rights of sex workers and health of the public.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:35:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:35:32Z-
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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