Skip to main content

Table 5 Protection against violence, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

From: Commercial sex work among university students: a case study of four public universities in Ghana

Potential threats Occurrence Actions taken
Violence Usually occurs when a client’s demand is high but refuses to pay accordingly We always have macho men standing by as pimps who escort us secretly to such places to protect us when need be
Usually occurs when a client refuses to pay after sex
Usually occurs when a client takes you home and other men comes to take their turns but refuses to pay after sex
Unwanted Pregnancy When condoms burst Using regular contraceptives particularly 3 months injections to prevent pregnancy and also avoid menstruation to keep in business
Uses emergency contraception after unprotected sex
Have an abortion if pregnancy is established accidentally
When a client has sex without using condoms
Sexually transmitted infections When a client has sex without using condoms I select my clients wisely
Only healthy looking customers are allowed to have sex with me without condoms
We check their genitals to ensure there are no sores, discharge or skin rashes before sex