COVID-19 and the changing organization of sex work markets in Singapore
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Worship Health Sex. 2021 16: 1-16. doi: 10.1080 / 1369105.2021.2014975. Online ahead of print.
While previous studies have sought to capture the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and sex lives of sex workers internationally, less attention has been paid to the reorganization of sex markets. as a result of COVID-19. We conducted an exploratory sequential mixed-methods study using in-depth interviews, cyber-ethnography, and structured surveys administered by female sex workers. We report two key findings on the impact of the pandemic on sex markets in Singapore. First, the organization of sex markets has changed due to containment and associated movement control measures. This shift has been characterized by the emigration of female sex workers, the reduction in supply and demand for in-person sex work, and a shift towards online spaces. Second, we have found that sex workers have experienced greater economic hardship as a result of these changes. In light of the potential changes in sex markets as a result of the pandemic, we are adopting a World Organization Health Organization framework and model for workplace health to identify interventions to improve performance. occupational safety and health of sex workers in a post-COVID-19 era.
PMID: 34913401 | DOI: 10.1080 / 1369105.2021.2014975