Violence in the Massage Parlor Industry: Experiences of Canadian-Born and Immigrant Women

Vicky Bungay, Michael Halpin, Peter F. Halpin, Caitlin Johnston, David M. Patrick

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Abstract

We examined and contrasted 129 Canadian-born and immigrant women's experiences of violence and associated structural and interpersonal factors within indoor commercial sex venues. The majority experienced at least one form of structural, interpersonal, or both types of violence, with the attempted removal of a condom during sexual services being cited most frequently. Canadian-born women reported more frequent violent assaults in the survey data. The women's qualitative narratives illustrated that perceptions of violence differed significantly among Canadian versus non-Canadian born women. Findings concerning racialization and gendered relations of power have important implications for prevention and interventions to support victims of abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-284
Number of pages23
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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