Sex worker activism in Bangladesh

School of Justice PhD candidate Habiba Sultana has had her paper ‘Sex worker activism, feminist discourse and HIV in Bangladesh’ re-published in the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality, as part of a special issue on ‘Sex, Sexuality and Sex Work’, edited by Dan Allman and Melissa Hope Ditmore. The special issue comprises ‘the most impactful papers on sex work and prostitution’ and surveys sex work in a variety of international contexts, including the global south, and reflects an increasingly global understanding of sex work. Habiba’s paper argues that epidemiological discourses of HIV have failed to account for the different cultural contexts in which sex work occurs and have ignored the fact that the choices made by sex workers are influenced by a range of structural factors, including gender norms and notions of bodily purity, which have implications for the construction of risk.  Her research draws on over 40  in-depth interviews with sex workers in a regional Bangladeshi brothel.  A link for the special issue is provided below:

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