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Search Titles Subjects Organizations. Size of sex worker populations 9. Categories of female sex workers 9. Earnings from sex work 9. Differences in risk and vulnerability 9. Condom use 9. The epidemiological situation 9. Prevention programs. Most of the findings presented here stem from surveys among more than sex workers; discussions with STI and narcological clinic staff, police, and militia; focus group discussions with street workers, NGOs, and private practitioners; and training programs conducted by an Indian expert over the past three years in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moscow.
Project and mission reports from Odessa and Central Asia have also been used. Male sex work will be discussed in section Sex work, whose existence had long been denied under the old political regimes, has become a survival strategy for many women to support themselves and their husbands, children, and elderly parents.
It has also become a means to earn extra income for a number of professional women including nurses, engineers, and other academic professionals. A new generation of entrepreneurs and an influx of visiting businessmen and tourists have provided increasing demand for sex workers.
For pimps, traffickers, police, and the Mafia, the sex industry is a profitable business. Size of sex worker populations Hardly any data are available on the number of sex workers in the NIS. Moscow may have anywhere between 13, and 30, sex workers. Other states and cities only record those who are registered with the police. In Odessa, Ukraine, women working in the sex industry are registered with the militia, but the real number is probably much higher. During the summer season, the number of sex workers in the city is estimated to grow to more than 5, In Almaty, Kazakhstan, there are an estimated 2, women working as sex workers.
The sex-worker population is a mobile one, and many women work on a part-time basis, making it even more difficult to estimate their numbers. Categories of female sex workers Studies in several countries have shown that there are several categories of sex workers, ranging from upper-class workers in hotels and escort agencies, who sometimes serve high officials, to lower-class railway-station and street workers.