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Title: Sex workers’ narratives about clients with disabilities: can training improve sexual health in Portugal?
Other Titles: Narrativas de trabalhadores(as) do sexo sobre clientes com diversidade funcional: poderá a formação melhorar a saúde sexual em Portugal?
Authors: Pinho, A. R.
Oliveira, J. M.
Nogueira, C.
Keywords: Sexuality
Sex work
Sexual assistance
Sexual health
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Universidade de São Paulo
Abstract: People with disabilities face barriers that limit their sexual lives. In Portugal, some individuals with physical impairments have shown interest in resorting to sexual assistance provided by trained professionals, according to the client’s preferences and needs. However, in Portugal, sex workers lacking any formal training represent the only way to access commercial sex services. Thus, this study analyzes the experiences of sex workers that provide services for disabled clients. The interviews of thirteen sex workers were analyzed using the thematic analysis method proposed by Braun and Clarke. The key findings show that men seek out sexual and emotional satisfaction from sex work. Additionally, specificities inherent to the lack of training and the relationships established tend to embarrass professionals. Finally, we conclude that training coupled with sexual education and popular awareness about gender differences in the pursuit of sex is fundamental to improve the sexual health of those who choose sex services as a way of sexual expression.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1590/s0104-12902020180992
ISSN: 1984-0470
Accession number: WOS:000563062400001
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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