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REVEALED Preachers, cops pay for sex

Torika Chandra
Friday, July 18, 2014

PROFESSIONALS and business persons make up the most number of clients for sex workers in Fiji.

This was revealed in the Integrated Biological Behavioural Surveillance Survey (IBBS) and Size Estimation of Sex Workers in Fiji: HIV Prevention Project report.

A total of 298 sex workers from seven centres around Fiji participated in the IBBS survey, the first large scale quantitative research on sex workers in Fiji.

Participants were asked about the professional background and ethnicity of their last clients of which was revealed that professional and business persons made up 29 per cent of the total clients.

Tourists made up 25 per cent while taxidrivers made up 9 per cent and policemen 6 per cent.

Police chief operations officer ACP Rusiate Tudravu said they did not condone members of disciplined forces accessing the services of sex workers.

"I am not privy to comment on the involvement of police officers as clients since we do not have the report but can only state that being a member of the disciplined force, such relationships are not condoned," Mr Tudravu said.

Sportsmen and military personnel also made up the number of clients (5 per cent each), expatriates and government officials (2 per cent each) and church ministers (0.2 per cent).

The participants were also asked about the ethnicities of their last clients in which was revealed that Fijians of Indian descent made up 41 per cent and iTaukei 30 per cent.

Other races made up 12 per cent of the client list, which included 23 Europeans, six Australians, two Papua New Guineans and Rotumans and one each for Filipino, mixed race and Samoan.

Chinese clients accounted for 7 per cent.

"Fijians of Indian descent were significantly more likely to be clients of transgender sex workers (52 per cent), and of Fijians of Indian descent sex workers (67 per cent)," the report stated.

"Similarly, the iTaukei Fijians were significantly more likely to be clients of iTaukei Fijian sex workers (34 per cent). Those of foreign nationality were more likely to be clients of sex workers working in Nadi (26 per cent)."

Participants also revealed that a weekly sex-related income ranged from $20 through to $600 although the study reveals there was some suspicion that some participants were reporting the fee per client rather than the total weekly earnings.

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