Influences of Sexual Behaviors among Sex Workers

Influences of Sexual Behaviors among Sex Workers

Sexual behavior among people especially commercial sex workers are influenced by numerous factors. Some of these factors are inclined towards `culture, social and ethical issues in the community. Nearly all human beings engage in sexual encounters, but sex workers are a group of people who expose themselves to sexual activities for commercial purposes. Culture is one of the fundamental aspects that contribute to the behavior of commercial sex workers. Cultural practices and norms of a given society play a role in this group’s behavior. For instance, cultural norms and traditions regarding sexuality between males and females are explained in terms of impact on early sexual socialization and ideation (Lawoyim & Kanthula, 2010). Many cultures and traditions across the globe leave a wide economic gap between males and females. Females are more disadvantaged socially and economically and this makes them vulnerable to sexual encounters for sustainability purposes.

Additionally, sexual socialization and ideation of females by males influences sexual behavior. Position of women in the society occasionally subjects them to little or no power at all to negotiate on issues regarding sexuality and sexual health. Furthermore, they are viewed as subordinate to their male counterparts hence socialized to remain obedient, loyal and tend to the family (Lawoyim & Kanthula, 2010). This means that they are required to remain submissive to men and this greatly influences sexual behavior and tendencies. This usually puts pressure and stress on the female population, which drives them to commit to engage in other anti-social practices such as drug use.

In certain communities and groups of population, the use of alcohol and other illegal hard substances influences sexual behavior among people. In regions particularly dominated by high population of migrant males and female sex workers, FSW’s alcohol use contributes significantly to engaging in sexual activity (Verma et al., 2010). The use of alcoholic drinks alongside other hard drugs especially by commercial sex workers influences the aspect of sexual intercourse in the society. In fact, more than half the populations of commercial sex workers consume alcohol prior to sexual contact.

In conclusion, culture, social, moral and ethical issues do dictate and influence attitude and behavior of commercial sex workers in a society. The manner in which cultural norms are set- up and followed by a community matters a lot regarding issues of sexuality and influences. Subordination of the female gender greatly contributes to challenges of social and economic nature, which drives and influences the sexual behavior of sex workers.

References

Lawoyin, O. O., & Kanthula, R. M. (2010). Factors that influence attitudes and sexual behavior among constituency youth workers in Oshana Region, Namibia. African Journal of Reproductive Health14(1).

Verma, R. K., Saggurti, N., Singh, A. K., & Swain, S. N. (2010). Alcohol and sexual risk behavior among migrant female sex workers and male workers in districts with high in-migration from four high HIV prevalence states in India. AIDS and Behavior14(1), 31-39.


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