Perpetration of violence by female sex workers in Papua New Guinea: 'we will crush their bones'

Kelly-Hanku, Angela, Worth, H., Redman-MacLaren, Michelle, Nosi, S., Boli-Neo, R., Ase, S., Hou, P., Aeno, H., Kupul, M., Amos, A., Badman, S.G., Vallely, AJ., and Hakim, A.J. (2021) Perpetration of violence by female sex workers in Papua New Guinea: 'we will crush their bones'. The British Journal of Criminology, 61 (1). pp. 104-122.

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There is a small but important body of literature on female sex workers' (FSWs) violence towards others, but little of that focused on low- and middle-income countries. Drawn from a larger biobehavioural study of FSWs in three cities in Papua New Guinea, we analyse the interviews from 19 FSWs who reported having perpetrated physical violence towards four major groups: (1) ex-husbands; (2) clients; (3) other sex workers and (4) other people (mainly women). Our study demonstrates that FSWs' use of violence arises from a complex set of social, material and gendered circumstances and cannot be addressed in isolation from other aspects of their lives.

Item ID: 64385
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-3529
Keywords: violence, perpetrator of violence, women, female sex workers, Papua New Guinea
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). All rights reserved.
Funders: Government of Australia, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFFATM), US President's Emergency Plan for for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USA (CDCP), University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Projects and Grants: CDCP agreement no. U2GGH001531 award no. 01531GH15, UNSW CDCP cooperative agreement no. NU2GGH002093-01-00
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2020 22:17
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4516 Pacific Peoples health and wellbeing > 451614 Pacific Peoples public health and wellbeing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920307 Pacific Peoples Health - Determinants Of Health @ 100%
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