A Border Context of Violence: Mexican Female Sex Workers on the U.S.–Mexico Border

Alice Cepeda, Kathryn M. Nowotny

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Female sex workers (FSW) represent a population confronted with an array of intersecting social problems. We explore the case of FSW in Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez to understand the everyday violence associated with sex work within the unique context of Mexico. Life history interviews were conducted with 109 FSW revealing violent acts by clients and other sex industry employees (bar owners, police, other FSW). The risk of violence by different types of persons associated with the sex work industry varied by venue and geographic area. Moreover, the violence was shaped by the social structural constraints of dominant gender ideologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1506-1531
Number of pages26
JournalViolence against Women
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 19 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • Mexico
  • female sex workers
  • violent victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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