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Special Issue "Physical and Mental Health of Sex Workers during and Post-COVID-19 Pandemic"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2023 | Viewed by 2397
Special Issue Editors
Interests: infectious diseases (HIV, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis); sexual and reproductive health; substance abuse & mental health; harm reduction & human rights
Special Issue Information
Sex and entertainment workers have specific concerns regarding their physical and mental health, including a multitude of risk and protective factors. Due to the informality of the workplace, the stigmatizing nature of the job, and the potentially illegal status of the work, the physical and mental health of women sex and entertainment workers has not been adequately studied. Women sex and entertainment workers are considered to be a vulnerable population because they are at a higher risk of poor sexual and mental health, and are more likely to experience gender-based violence (GBV). These increased risks have been linked to social stigma and discrimination, the criminalization of prostitution, and a limited access to essential services. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated these risks, and we have seen an increase in anxiety, depression, and GBV within this group. In preparation for future pandemics or crises, these risks could be successfully mitigated via collective organization, empowerment, and advocacy efforts. Exemplar efforts to improve the physical and mental health of sex and entertainment workers in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era must also address the structural conditions that lead to power imbalances in this work and undermine the agency of workers.
Dr. Siyan Yi
Dr. Carinne Meyer Brody
Manuscript Submission Information
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- occupational health
- sex and entertainment workers
- sexual and reproductive health
- HIV prevention
- sexually transmitted infections
- gender-based violence
- best practices