A Pilot Health Assessment of Exotic Dancers in San Francisco

Naomi Akers, “A Pilot Health Assessment of Exotic Dancers in San Francisco”. San Francisco State University Masters of Public Health Program (2005).

Abstract:

For the last two years, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) has been hearing testimony from former and current dancers about the current working conditions of strip clubs. There has been a tremendous amount of disagreement between former and current dancers about the working conditions of strip clubs. While the majority of current dancers state conditions in the strip clubs are fine, some former dancers say that risk for sexual assault, HIV/STI transmission, illegal stage fees imposed by strip clubs and coerced prostitution are primary health concerns for dancers. In an attempt to discover if the claims of former dancers are applicable to current dancers, a health assessment was conducted with current exotic dancers. Thirteen women (13) were interviewed using a structured survey with key qualitative questions. Results revealed that the majority of dancers did not think risk of HIV/STI transmission, fear of sexual assault or the existence of private booths are a work related health risk. Nearly half of the sample thought that stage fees were or might be a work related health risks. The lack of healthcare, the shoes that dancers wear, standing on their feet all day, the number of shifts dancers work a week, not making enough money, cleanliness and location of the club, customer harassment, and being treated badly by other people because of what they do were reported as work related health risk by the majority of exotic dancers in this sample.

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