Socio-economic research about sex professionals (transvestites, transsexuals and men) by the project merchants of illusions (GTP+)
W. Reis1, I. Basílio2, C. Souza3
1GTP+, General Coordinator, Recife, Brazil, 2GTP+, Educator by Project Merchants of Illusions, Recife, Brazil, 3GTP+, Coordinator by Project Merchants of Illusions, Recife, Brazil
Issues: Socio-economic research, the Project Merchants of Ilusions and First Seminar in Pernambuco for Sex Professionals (transvestites, transsexuals and men).
Description: The Merchants of Illusions, created in 2003, is a project developed with and for sex professionals (transvestites, transsexuals and men) by divulging information to them about STD/HIV/AIDS, citizenship and human-trafficking and enabling sex professionals to become peer workers. From July to December 2008 a socio-economic research about sex professionals (transvestites, transsexuals and men) was carried out by the project Merchants of Illusions (GTP+) and Prime Brazil (one research agency) within Recife, Olinda and Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Pernambuco state.44 sex professionals were interviewed: 59% - transvestites, 29.55% - male sex professionals and 11.45% transsexuals. 57% of the participants were aged between 18 and 24 years. The survey included the following: education levels, why and if they chose to be sex workers, costs of sexual programs, if they have experienced some form of violence in the workplace, if they use condoms, if they use the public health service and if they have had a HIV test.
Lessons learned: From the survey it was possible to form new strategies to combat HIV within this highly marginalized population group.As a result of the research, the Merchants of Illusions project held its First Seminar in Pernambuco for Sex Professionals (transvestites, transsexuals and men) in November 2009.
The seminar was the first of its kind to have been held in the whole of Brazil! A very important and necessary step up for the movement of sex professionals (transsexuals, transvestites and men) and the HIV/AIDS movement in Brazil.
Next steps: Strengthen the movement of professionals sex (transsexuals, transvestites and men) guarantee the human rights for Sex Professionals, and the HIV / AIDS movement in Brazil, through similar experiences (researchs, dating, events, etc.)
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