Table 1

Main characteristics of participants in the quantitative survey

VariablesAll women, N=1000
n (%)
San Pedro, n=400
n (%)
Abidjan, n=600
n (%)
Median age (IQR) (years)25 (21–29)25 (22–30)24 (21–28)
Age (years)
 ≤24470 (47.0)168 (42.0)302 (50.3)
 25–34431 (43.1)181 (45.2)250 (41.7)
 ≥3599 (9.9)51 (12.8)48 (8.0)
Level of education
 No school220 (22.1)115 (28.9)105 (17.6)
 Primary school382 (38.4)163 (40.9)219 (36.7)
 Secondary school/university393 (39.5)120 (30.2)273 (45.7)
 Missing523
Nationality
 Ivorian690 (69.0)312 (78.0)378 (63.0)
 Foreign310 (31.0)88 (22.0)222 (37.0)
Has a boyfriend/husband
 Yes714 (71.9)317 (80.7)397 (66.2)
 No279 (28.1)76 (19.3)203 (33.8)
 Missing770
Number of children
 0426 (43.1)132 (33.3)294 (49.7)
 1301 (30.5)122 (30.8)179 (30.2)
 2155 (15.7)82 (20.7)73 (12.3)
 ≥3106 (10.7)60 (15.2)46 (7.8)
 Missing1248
Frequency of sex work
 Every day or almost every day743 (75.3)275 (69.3)468 (79.5)
 Sometimes243 (24.7)122 (30.7)121 (20.5)
 Missing14311
How many years sex work has been practised
 ≤2479 (47.9)176 (44.0)303 (50.5)
 ≥3521 (52.1)224 (56.0)297 (49.5)
Practised sex work in more than one city
 Yes268 (26.9)198 (49.7)70 (11.7)
 No727 (73.1)200 (50.3)527 (88.3)
 Missing523
Where/how clients are contacted*
 Brothel302 (30.2)114 (28.5)188 (31.3)
 Beach129 (12.9)71 (17.7)58 (9.7)
 Bar/’maquis’471 (47.1)200 (50.0)271 (45.2)
 Street145 (14.5)47 (11.8)98 (16.3)
 By phone (through hotel owners)216 (21.6)123 (30.7)93 (15.5)
 Hotel265 (26.5)156 (39.0)109 (18.2)
 Home131 (13.1)66 (16.5)65 (10.8)
Number of clients during last day of work
 ≤4706 (70.8)233 (58.3)473 (79.2)
 ≥5291 (29.2)167 (41.7)124 (20.8)
 Missing303
How much did the last client pay (in Francs CFA, US$)
 ≤1999 (~3.50)238 (23.8)152 (38.0)86 (14.3)
 2000–4999 (3.50–8.75)287 (28.7)138 (34.5)149 (24.8)
 5000–9999 (8.75–17.50)241 (24.1)69 (17.2)172 (28.7)
 ≥10 000 (17.50)234 (23.4)41 (10.3)193 (32.2)
Ever suffered assault/coerced sexual intercourse
 Yes115 (11.7)41 (10.5)74 (12.6)
 No866 (88.3)351 (89.5)515 (87.4)
 Missing19811
  • *Most female sex workers meet their clients in more than one location: the total is not equal to 100%.