Managing Risk and Safety on the Job: The Experiences of Canadian Sex Workers

Authors: Jacqueline Lewis, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Frances Shaver & Heather Schramm, 2005

Citation (APA): Lewis, J., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Shaver, F. & and Schramm, H. (2005). Managing Risk and Safety on the Job: The Experiences of Canadian Sex Workers. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 17(1/2), 146-167.

Abstract:

This paper reports results from a study of sex work occupations conducted in a large city in Canada that included women, men, and transsexual/transgender (TS/TG) sex workers. Descriptions of work provided by participants (escorts, exotic dancers, masseuses, and street workers) were used to examine how risk and safety were experienced and managed within the Canadian legal context. Three dimensions of the structure of sex work were identified as factors that influenced the management of risk and safety: its location on- or off-street, its organization on an out- or in-call basis, and whether it was conducted independently or for a club, massage parlor or escort agency. Gender and perceptions of stigma and risk interacted with these dimensions in such a way that men, women and TS/TG workers experienced and managed risk and safety differently.

Keywords: sex workers, escorts, exotic dancers, risk, safety

Read the full article here: http://myweb.dal.ca/mgoodyea/Documents/Health%20and%20wellbeing/Managing%20risk%20and%20safety%20on%20the%20job%20-%20The%20experiences%20of%20Canadian%20Sex%20Workers%20Lewis%20J%20Psych%20Hum%20Sex%202005%2017%201-2%20147-67.pdf

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