Exploring the Dynamics and Vulnerabilities of HIV Transmission Amongst Sex Workers in the Palestinian Context
The research investigates the factors that drive women into both elective and forced sex work and their varying vulnerabilities in acquiring HIV/AIDS. A rapid assessment methodology was utilized to obtain a formative look into these issues and to address the knowledge gap that exists on sex work and HIV vulnerability in the Palestinian context. Surveys were conducted with women who had entered sex work both voluntarily and forcibly, as well as with clients who had sought to purchase sexual services, and other key informants ranging from social workers to medical personnel and law enforcement officials. In addition, focus groups discussions with university students, both male and female, were also conducted. The survey was conducted through UN-Women with GFATM funding.