Document Type : Research Article
FSWs in India have experienced high levels of physical and sexual violence from clients, madams (brothel owners) and police. recent evidence from India suggests reporting of sexual violence among FSWs lies between 20% to 63%. However, in a study from southern India, the reported prevalence of physical and sexual violence among FSWs ranged between 50% to 77%. Evidence from in south and western India further suggests high level of sexual violence was perpetrated by partners of FSWs. Moreover, FSWs experienced sexual violence were more likely to be vulnerable to both reproductive health problems and HIV risks.