This study, conducted among a sample of 1,000 female and transgender sex workers in Phnom Penh identifies that half of those surveyed reported being beaten by police; about a third were gang-raped by police; slightly more than one-third were gang-raped by gangsters and about three-quarters were gang-raped by clients or men pretending to be clients. Most of these rapes occurred at gunpoint or with knives or other weapons.
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There are key issues that must be addressed to ensure that the introduction of non-condom prevention alternatives reduces the vulnerability of sex workers and their clients while avoiding unintended negative consequences. Clearly, the roll-out of such tools, and specifically public availability of the first microbicides, is likely to benefit some people but they could also, inadvertently increase the risk of HIV, STIs and unwanted preganancies for female sex workers.
PLRI WEBSITE NEWS – 2014