Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited. Sometimes you go to the room with the client and he had proposed to give you francs. He takes off your clothes year-old FSW from Doula. Women also described challenges in negotiating con- dom use, exacerbated by social stigma surrounding sex work, and related, lack of law enforcement protection: It was in my room.
Since I had already taken the money from the client, he decided not to use a condom. During the act, the condom tore. As sex workers, we are seen as useless girls. Where would we go to complain? No one would be bothered with your problem year- old FSW from Bafoussam. Even when sex acts were carried out as negotiated, women found that intoxicated clients, especially, would perform those acts violently: Interactions with the police often started with demands from the police to see identity cards and demand for a bribe, but would sometimes escalate to violence.
Unprotected rape perpetrated by the police was a common concern: They break your door and enter your room and count the number of condoms all the while asking that you give them all the money or half of it. There, you are forced to accept out of fear of going to the police station to spend the night and to avoid the shame FG participant from Bertoua. That is, police were particularly brutal in their assault, punishing women for being sex workers: You take them like all the rest of your clients but.
He wants to assault you. I should destroy her this one time year-old FSW from Yaounde. The police brutalize us out there. They will also come back for you to bang you without a condom! FG participant from Nagoundere. By contrast, 1 participant cited she felt protected by police, which she attributed to concealing her identity as an FSW.
Harm Reduction Strategies for Violence Prevention As a response to the violence, women shared strategies for harm reduction, involving both individual and collective components. Screening Clients and Locations Women described carefully screening clients and locations to reduce their risk for abuse. In terms of client choice, women sought to avoid drunk or high clients if it was in their control: Some of my clients come.
When I see such a person, I do not accept, because if you do you will have nothing but problems. When you tell him his time is up, it becomes a problem, so I always select. I always choose year-old FSW from Bamenda. We go to a hotel of our choice, but there is a place that I often prefer because there people know me and also I feel safe year-old FSW from Yaounde. For the moment I prefer my place. Since at my place, I feel safe. You see that when you leave to go look for money elsewhere, there is too much risk.
Women described relying on their intuition and judgment: Something always strikes me to believe someone may be gentle or not, there is always something on my mind, yes, because if you look frightful, or you look.
Payment Before a Sex Act or Giving Up Payment Entirely Payment negotiation eg, as seen in the previous section regarding violation of payment agreement regarding clothing removal during sex act was often characterized by violence, prompting women to prefer to negotiate and receive payment before sexual act.
More experienced women often lamented that because of fear of losing business, less-experienced women often did not receive payment beforehand. You cannot come into my room without paying me. I always collect my money before to be on the safe side.
Unfortunately, negotiation before payment did not always prevent violence. Sometimes negotiation was not a possibility at all, where women prioritized safety over potential earnings: If someone comes and causes problems, we simply give him back his money year-old FSW from Bamenda.