Sex Work and Health in a Rural Context: Results of a qualitative study undertaken in New South Wales

John Scott, John Hunter, Vanessa Hunter, Angela Ragusa

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The paper reports health related findings of the first study undertaken of rural sex workers in an income-rich nation. In-depth interviews were conducted with eighteen purposively selected women who work in the rural sex industry. Rural sex services have a unique structure which informs the experiences of sex workers. Recent advances in telecommunications technology have impacted upon the organisation and structure of the sex industry in rural environments. Notable has been the growth of escort services in rural areas, which has diversified the rural sex industry from its traditional base of brothel operations. The general absence of street prostitution in rural settings has meant that the profile of rural sex workers tends to resemble that of escorts or call girls in urban settings, with workers having a relatively high level of control over working conditions and compliance with public health initiatives. Important issues which impact upon the rural sex industry include confidentiality and the more limited market for sexual services likely to be encountered in rural settings. These issues may impact on the sexual health of rural sex workers in terms of risk practices and access to health services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTASA 2008 conference
Subtitle of host publicationRe-imagining Sociology
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780734039842
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventThe Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 02 Dec 200805 Dec 2008


ConferenceThe Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference


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