Working at the Bar: Sex Work and Health Communication in Thailand

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CONDOM USE AND HEALTH COMMUNICATION IN FOREIGN-ORIENTED BARS

A major concern of this study, the driving force in its initial stages, was the job safety practices of the workers, specifically with respect to condom use. This chapter discusses those concerns. First, we needed to know if workers were accurate when they told us that they did or did not use a condom in a specific transaction with a customer. Second, we wanted to know how often condoms were used. Third, we wanted to know the characteristics of workers who were more likely or less likely to request use of a condom. Fourth, we wanted to know what was said to customers by workers attempting to achieve condom use. And fifth, we wanted to know which of these worker communication strategies resulted in condom adoption by customers.


DO ORAL RESPONSES RELATE TO ACTUAL CONDOM USE?

Part of the in-depth interviews with workers attempted to elicit information concerning condom use. Specifically, interviewers asked workers what they thought of condoms, whether they thought their use was a good idea, and whether they personally used condoms. If the answer was affirmative, the worker was asked if a condom had been used during her previous three liaisons. We sought out 208 bar workers for additional interviews immediately on their return to the bar from liaisons in Phase I. Visual inspection of crib or short-time hotel rooms was accomplished both prior to and following 135 of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - On Studying Sex Work 1
  • 2 - Numbers and Types of Workers and Workplaces 17
  • 3 - The Routes to Bar Work 47
  • 4 - Reasons for Not Working 61
  • 5 - Moral and Religious Concerns 85
  • 6 - Bar Worker Demographics 101
  • 7 - Employment Statistics 127
  • 8 - Partner Selection and Negotiations 163
  • 9 - Aids in Thailand 185
  • 10 - Condom Use and Health Communication in Foreign-Oriented Bars 237
  • 11 - Hopes, Dreams, and the Future 249
  • 12 - Support Staff, Management, and Owners 275
  • 13 - Customer Motivation and Behavior 303
  • 14 - Policy on Sex Work 341
  • Glossary 379
  • References 401
  • Index 425
  • About the Author 436
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