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FEMALE SEX WORKERS LIFE IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC: A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN SWEDEN
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Criminology (KR).
2021 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 2020, COVID-19 spread worldwide, and a state of pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization. Female sex workers are in many ways dependant on the social conditions of society and have, throughout time, been considered as a highly victimized group. This study aims to gain insight into the changes and consequences the COVID-19 pandemic has had on female sex workers in Sweden by conducting semi-structured interviews with individuals who, through their employment, have connections to female sex workers. The collected data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The results revealed four themes that describe the changes and consequences witnessed by the participants. The first theme entails the vulnerabilities and circumstances that female sex workers are conditioned by in society. The second theme demonstrates the economic consequences which the pandemic outbreak caused. Not only in relation to expenses and difficulties traveling but also in terms of an increased market due to unemployment and lockdowns in Central Europe. This theme also includes a subgroup of physical consequences as a result of the competition created by the increased market of female sex workers in Sweden. This has caused the women to have to take additional risks and abuse. The third theme includes the bureaucratic and social complications caused by the social restrictions enforced to hinder the spread of the COVID-19. The fourth and last theme presents the participants' post-pandemic predictions.

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2021. , p. 28
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consequences, COVID-19, female sex workers, pandemic, sex work industry, victimization
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-43171OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-43171DiVA, id: diva2:1563644
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Available from: 2021-06-14 Created: 2021-06-10 Last updated: 2021-06-14Bibliographically approved

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