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Table 1 Distribution of demographic characteristics for the three types of female sex workers.

From: Demography and sex work characteristics of female sex workers in India

   Type of female sex workers   
Variable Variable categories Street-based (N = 5010) Number (% of N) Home-based (N = 1499) Number (% of N) Brothel-based (N = 139) Number (% of N) Total (N = 6648) Number (% of N) Chi-square test for trend
Age group (years) 16–19 409 (8.2) 233 (15.5) 28 (20.1) 670 (10.1) p < 0.0001
  20–24 1215 (24.3) 472 (31.5) 52 (37.4) 1739 (26.2)  
  25–29 1541 (30.8) 365 (24.3) 27 (19.4) 1933 (29.1)  
  30–34 1087 (21.7) 251 (16.7) 18 (12.9) 1356 (20.4)  
  35–39 538 (10.7) 124 (8.3) 12 (8.6) 674 (10.1)  
  40–44 182 (3.6) 43 (2.9) 1 (0.7) 226 (3.4)  
  45–49 35 (0.7) 10 (0.7) 1 (0.7) 46 (0.7)  
  50–54 3 (0.1) 1 (0.1) 0 4 (0.1)  
Caste* Forward 256 (5.1) 64 (4.3) 13 (9.4) 333 (5.0) p < 0.0001
  Backward 1808 (36.1) 910 (60.7) 89 (64.0) 2807 (42.2)  
  Scheduled 1946 (38.8) 381 (25.4) 23 (16.5) 2350 (35.3)  
  Scheduled tribe 649 (13.0) 46 (3.1) 3 (2.2) 698 (10.5)  
  Not applicable 349 (7.0) 98 (6.5) 11 (7.9) 458 (6.9)  
Education level Illiterate 3851 (76.9) 1017 (67.8) 98 (70.5) 4966 (74.7) p < 0.0001
  Primary education (classes I to V) 862 (17.2) 318 (21.2) 27 (19.4) 1207 (18.2)  
  More than primary education 297 (5.9) 164 (10.9) 14 (10.1) 475 (7.1)  
Marital status Currently married 2280 (45.5) 394 (26.3) 24 (17.3) 2698 (40.6) p < 0.0001
  Separated 1539 (30.7) 347 (23.1) 37 (26.6) 1923 (28.9)  
  Divorced 82 (1.6) 35 (2.3) 1 (0.7) 118 (1.8)  
  Widowed 642 (12.8) 139 (9.3) 11 (7.9) 792 (11.9)  
  Never married 467 (9.3) 584 (39.0) 66 (47.5) 1117 (16.8)  
Number of living children None 890 (17.8) 585 (39.0) 71 (51.1) 1546 (23.3) p < 0.0001
  1 1035 (20.7) 275 (18.3) 23 (16.5) 1333 (20.1)  
  2 1684 (33.6) 349 (23.3) 25 (18.0) 2058 (31.0)  
  >2 1401 (28.0) 290 (19.3) 20 (14.4) 1711 (25.7)  
  1. *Not applicable for those belonging to religion other than Hindu.
  2. †Separated: not staying with husband but not legally divorced.