A Qualitative Study on the Factors Influencing the Choice of Working as a Commercial Seks Workers at Bandar Baru, Deliserdang, North Sumatera

Anita Loren Br Gurusinga, Kintoko RochadiAbdul Jalil Amri Arma


Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara




Background: The risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases is high among persons who exchange sex for money or non-monetary items. This study aimed to decsribe the factors influencing the choice of working as a commercial seks workers (CSWs) at Bandar Baru, Deliserdang, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: A qualitative study was carried out at Bandar Baru Whore House, Deli Serdang, North Sumatera. A sample of informants was selec­ted for this study, including CSWs and pimps. The study theme was factors influ­en­cing the choice of working as a CSW. The data were collected by in-depth inter­view and direct observation.

Results: The main reason for being a CSW was ease of earning money to support their lifestyle including consumption of illicit expensive drugs.  

Conclusion: Commercial sex work is chosen to support costly lifestyle.

Keywords: commercial sex worker, lifestyle, HIV/AIDS


Anita Loren Br Gurusinga. Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Suamtera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera. Email: anitaloren87@gmial.com. Mobile: 081265556710.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2018.02.33

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