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Religions 2015, 6(4), 1263-1276;

The Role of Religion among Sex Workers in Thailand

School of Religion, Loma Linda University, 24760 Stewart Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350, USA
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Academic Editor: Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 16 July 2015 / Revised: 9 October 2015 / Accepted: 15 October 2015 / Published: 23 October 2015
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This qualitative research seeks the understanding of the role of religion in the lives of sex workers in Thailand. It is based on interviews conducted among sex workers working in karaoke bars in Bangkok. Findings show that most sex workers experience different levels of life difficulty. The level of life difficulty also affects the experience of internal conflicts regarding sex and morality. Finally religion has been used as a form of ritual purification in dealing with internal sense of conflicts. View Full-Text
Keywords: sex workers; sex; religion; religious functions; religious coping; sexual morality sex workers; sex; religion; religious functions; religious coping; sexual morality

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Sorajjakool, S.; Benitez, A. The Role of Religion among Sex Workers in Thailand. Religions 2015, 6, 1263-1276.

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