CHILD REARING PRACTICES AMONGST BROTHEL BASED COMMERCIAL SEX WORKERS|
Pardeshi Geeta, Bhattacharya S
BACKGROUND: The experiences of the commercial sex workers as they fulfill the role of being a parent, have rarely been reported. Considering their socioeconomic background, profession and work pattern, the women are bound to face major challenges.
AIMS: To describe child bearing, family support, dietary practices and various placement options for raising children.
STUDY DESIGN : A cross-sectional descriptive study of brothel- based commercial sex workers.
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS : χ2 test, Fisher's Exact test
RESULTS: Some commercial sex workers continued pregnancy with the hope of security and support, while others were compelled to do so, as they report late for medical termination of pregnancy. A group of sex workers (Devdasis) received support during pregnancy, delivery, puerperium and child-rearing. The role and responsibilities of raising the child, depended upon the kind of family support available to the mothers. Being a single parent, stigma of the profession, odd working hours and variable family support were major challenges, while the fact that the women were earning, availability of rehabilitation centers, the homogeneous groups within the brothels, supportive peers and local non governmental organizations were factors which helped them in the process of raising their children.
CONCLUSIONS : Day care centers and night shelters should be opened up in the red light area where the children can be looked after, during the working hours. The sex workers should be educated about weaning and nutrition. The role of peer workers and NGOs was very important in helping the women raise their children.
Child rearing or child xare or parenting or parent-child relations or pregnancy [mh], children of sex workers, commercial sex worker or prostitution) humans