This study aims to understand the experiences of current female entertainment workers in negotiating condom use with clients in Cambodia. A total of 27 focus group discussions FGDs were conducted in the following groups: pilot FGD 5 , karaoke bar 5 , massage parlor 5 , beer garden 5 , on-call sex workers 3 , cross-venue groups exploring parenting issues 2 , and street-based sex workers 2. Female entertainment workers experience a range of control over negotiating condom use with clients. Participants reported times when they were able to take direct action and successfully insist on condom use, times when they agreed to participate in condomless sex for money in the face of economic insecurity, and times when male clients sabotaged their attempts to negotiate condom use with tricks, verbal threats or threats of violence. These experiences are influenced by alcohol use, economic shocks, trust between partners, and experiences with side effects. Our findings support the development of policies that re-invigorate the structural-level condom promotion programs while also acknowledging the many individual-level factors that shape condom use such as alcohol consumption, economic insecurity, trust, and side effects.
Female Entertainment Workers and Condom Use Negotiation in Post-100% Condom Use Era Cambodia
Stolen Innocence | Journeyman Pictures
Dusk falls in Phnom Penh and cars crawl through dusty streets and motos weave around cars. Horns blare and engines rumble as the city slides into another night. A young Khmer woman sits on a plastic chair, watching the traffic pass on Sothearos Boulevard, watching men and women heading home from work. And in a long room above a shophouse near Psar Thmei, eight Vietnamese women rouse from sleep. Several thousand, at least. Like everyone else, their lives are filled with a mundane routine: wake up, work, eat, sleep. But for them, like everyone else, it is the moments between the mundane that make them individuals.
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It was not my intention to pay for the services of a prostitute in Cambodia. But it was the least I could do. My dalliance with that young woman at dawn was spontaneous, infinitely relieving and wholly chaste.