Predicting the job satisfaction of female sex workers in Queensland, Australia

C Seib, M Dunne, Jane Fischer, J Najman

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    This study used a cross-sectional survey to examine job satisfaction and its correlates among 247 female sex workers working as private service providers, in licensed brothels, and in illegal sectors of the industry (mainly street-based workers). Overall, most sex workers reported positive job satisfaction. Satisfaction was higher in women working legally and was comparable with women from the general population. Multivariate analyses revealed that job satisfaction was significantly linked to women's reasons for initially entering the industry. Sex workers' age, education, marital status, length of time in the industry, and current working conditions were apparently less important for satisfaction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-111
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational journal of sexual health
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


    • Illegal sex work
    • job satisfaction
    • licensed brothels
    • private sex workers
    • sex work


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