ERIC Number: EJ694515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 32
Young Sex-Workers in Ho Chi Minh City Telling Their Life Stories
Rubenson, Birgitta; Hanh, Le Thi; Hojer, Bengt; Johansson, Eva
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v12 n3 p391-411 2005
In this study the life stories of 22 sex-workers (age 15-18 years) in Vietnam are organized into three thematic narratives depicting how the girls presented their lives. Poverty, lack of job alternatives and the responsibility to share in the support of their families led the girls into prostitution. Strong family ties gave many girls connectedness; earning a well-needed income provided them with purpose and meaning; and the need for self-sufficiency forced the girls to manage and protect their lives. For some, a history of abuse led to victimization and rendered them powerless. While many of their human rights were violated, it was the disrespect for their dignity that hurt most.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Vietnam