Table 1

Profiles of FSWs by selected background characteristics, IBBA baseline and follow-up surveys, urban Bangalore district

Round 1 (2006)Round 2 (2009)Round 3 (2011)p Value
673n=754n=718
Characteristic
Current age (years)
 <204.33.82.10.30
 20–2417.221.316.5
 25–2922.421.523.1
 30–3421.418.418.3
 35–3922.521.725.1
 40+12.213.414.9
 Mean30.730.731.7<0.01
Literacy
 Illiterate47.849.645.70.49
Marital Status
 Never married5.27.53.60.00
 Cohabiting0.10.80.2
 Currently married43.259.670.2
 Marriage dissolved51.532.126.0
 Devadasi0.00.00.0
Additional income
 Yes56.051.955.60.01
Residency
 Localised99.699.998.80.03
Sex work outside district in past 6 months
 Yes10.010.916.00.01
Sex work in the city <2 years
 Yes34.832.428.50.05
Duration of sex work (years)
 0–132.732.228.10.22
 2–329.630.831.9
 4–925.023.730.0
 10+12.713.310.0
 Mean3.84.14.1<0.01
Age at first sex (years)
 <1521.731.637.6<0.01
 15–1957.658.749.1
 20+20.79.713.3
 Mean16.816.115.9<0.01
Age started sex work (years)
 <2014.314.17.70.01
 20–2424.926.927.4
 25–2928.927.126.5
 30+32.031.938.4
 Mean26.926.527.6<0.01
Usual place of solicitation
 Home13.828.96.4<0.01
 Brothel/lodge/dhaba3.87.31.4
 Public place78.052.534.7
 Phone/other4.411.257.5
Usual place of entertaining clients
 Home61.469.177.8<0.01
 Brothel/lodge/dhaba34.424.716.5
 Public place3.45.15.8
 Other0.51.10.0
Weekly client volume
 1–421.426.824.00.02
 5–935.235.042.2
 10+43.438.133.8
 Mean9.69.29.4<0.01
Proportion of clients who are new
 >50%86.077.572.7<0.01
Partner types
 Repeat (paying)98.078.090.1<0.01
 Occasional (paying)99.990.584.1<0.01
 Regular (non-paying)69.063.167.80.50
Earnings per week from sex work (rupees)
 <5006.46.94.3<0.01
 501–150028.922.318.4
 1501+64.770.877.3
 Mean340245005259<0.01
  • FSW, female sex worker; IBBA, integrated behavioural and biological assessment.