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Table 4 Distribution of select variables for the gap between first vaginal intercourse and the first sexual intercourse in exchange for money for female sex workers (FSWs).

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

    Gap between first vaginal intercourse and first sexual intercourse in exchange for money (years)*
Variable Variable categories Total (6646) None (N = 922) (% of total) [% of N] >0–2 (N = 481) (% of total) [% of N] >2–5 (N = 1062) (% of total) [% of N] >5–10 (N = 2102) (% of total) [% of N] >10–15 (N = 1393) (% of total) [% of N] >15 (N = 686) (% of total) [% of N]
Age at starting sex work (years)† 12–15 580 481 (82.9) [52.2] 98 (16.9) [20.4] 1 (0.2) [0.1] 0 0 0
  16–19 1391 414 (29.8) [44.9] 348 (25.0) [72.3] 589 (42.3) [55.5] 40 (2.9) [1.9] 0 0
  20–24 2017 26 (1.3) [2.8] 34 (1.7) [7.1] 452 (22.4) [42.6] 1432 (71.0) [68.1] 73 (3.6) [5.2] 0
  25–29 1763 0 1 (0.1) [0.2] 19 (1.1) [1.8] 613 (34.8) [29.2] 1087 (61.7) [78.0] 43 (2.4) [6.3]
  30–34 692 1 (0.1) [0.1] 0 1 (0.1) [0.1] 17 (2.5) [0.8] 228 (32.9) [16.4] 445 (64.3) [64.9]
  > = 35 203 0 0 0 0 5 (2.5) [0.4] 198 (97.5) [28.9]
Type of FSW Street-based 5010 364 (7.3) [39.5] 316 (6.3) [65.7] 846 (16.9) [79.7] 1731 (34.6) [82.4] 1179 (23.5) [84.6] 574 (11.5) [83.7]
  Home-based 1497 508 (33.9) [55.1] 149 (10.0) [31.0] 197 (13.2) [18.5] 337 (22.5) [16.0] 199 (13.3) [14.3] 107 (7.1) [15.6]
  Brothel-based 139 50 (36.0) [5.4] 16 (11.5) [3.3] 19 (13.7) [1.8] 34 (24.5) [1.6] 15 (10.8) [1.1] 5 (3.6) [0.7]
Marital status†‡ Never married 1116 816 (73.1) [88.5] 189 (16.9) [39.3] 82 (7.3) [7.7] 24 (2.2) [1.1] 4 (0.4) [0.3] 1 (0.1) [0.1]
  Currently married 2697 58 (2.2) [6.3] 170 (6.3) [35.3] 550 (20.4) [51.8] 1083 (40.2) [51.5] 578 (21.4) [41.5] 258 (9.6) [37.6]
  Others 2833 48 (1.7) [5.2] 122 (4.3) [25.4] 430 (15.2) [40.5] 995 (35.1) [47.3] 811 (258.6) [58.2] 427 (15.1) [62.2]
Caste†§ Forward 333 33 (9.9) [3.6] 25 (7.5) [5.2] 59 (17.7) [5.6] 104 (31.2) [4.9] 69 (20.7) [5.0] 43 (12.9) [6.3]
  Backward 2805 586 (20.9) [63.6] 242 (8.6) [50.3] 439 (15.7) [41.3] 812 (28.9) [38.6] 510 (18.2) [36.6] 216 (7.7) [31.5]
  Scheduled 2350 209 (8.9) [22.7] 131 (5.6) [27.2] 388 (16.5) [36.5] 799 (34.0) [38.0] 566 (24.1) [40.6] 257 (10.9) [37.5]
  Scheduled tribe 698 37 (5.3) [4.0] 61 (8.7) [12.7] 120 (17.2) [11.3] 237 (34.0) [11.3] 134 (19.2) [9.6] 109 (15.6) [15.9]
  Not applicable 458 55 (12.0) [6.0] 22 (4.8) [4.6] 56 (12.2) [5.3] 150 (32.8) [7.1] 114 (24.9) [8.2] 61 (13.3) [8.9]
Education level Illiterate 4965 576 (11.6) [62.5] 322 (6.5) [66.9] 765 (15.4) [72.0] 1589 (32.0) [75.6] 1101 (22.2) [79.0] 612 (12.3) [89.2]
  Primary education (classes I to V) 1206 242 (20.1) [26.2] 104 (8.6) [21.6] 204 (16.9) [19.2] 382 (31.7) [18.2] 215 (17.8) [15.4] 59 (4.9) [8.6]
  More than primary education 475 104 (21.9) [11.3] 55 (11.6) [11.4] 93 (19.6) [8.8] 131 (27.6) [6.2] 77 (16.2) [5.5] 15 (3.2) [2.2]
Rural-urban area from where FSW was sampled†¶ Rural 1446 348 (24.1) [37.7] 142 (9.8) [29.5] 224 (15.5) [21.1] 362 (25.0) [17.2] 228 (15.8) [16.4] 142 (9.8) [20.7]
  Urban small 748 131 (17.5) [14.2] 57 (7.6) [11.9] 143 (19.1) [13.5] 215 (28.7) [10.2] 142 (19.0) [10.2] 60 (8.0) [8.7]
  Urban medium 2838 299 (10.5) [32.4] 181 (6.4) [37.6] 460 (16.2) [43.3] 952 (33.5) [45.3] 665 (23.4) [47.7] 281 (9.9) [41.0]
  Urban large 1614 144 (8.9) [15.6] 101 (6.3) [21.0] 235 (14.6) [22.1] 573 (35.5) [27.3] 358 (22.2) [25.7] 203 (12.6) [29.6]
  1. *None denotes that the age at first vaginal intercourse and at starting sex work was same.
  2. †p < 0.001, Chi-square test; data not available for 2 FSWs.
  3. ‡Others include separated/divorced/widowed.
  4. §Not applicable for those belonging to religion other than Hindu.
  5. ¶Urban small were towns with population <50000; urban medium were towns/cities with population 50001 – 200000; urban large were cities with population more than 200000; this classification was done based on Census of India data for each sub-site.