Violence against Chinese female sex workers in Hong Kong: From understanding to prevention

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Violence against sex workers is considered a global phenomenon. Despite this, very little is known about the patterns and nature of this form of violence. This article is concerned with violence against Chinese female sex workers in Hong Kong. Based on a systematic analysis of 75 police case files, it was found that violent attacks on sex workers display clear temporal and spatial patterns, and that perpetrators share certain characteristics. The article concludes that violence against female sex workers in the Chinese context is largely opportunity driven and goes on to argue that situational measures offer the greatest potential for preventive gains. Barriers to effective implementation such as the inappropriate or unfavourable responses of the government, the police, community leaders, and local residents toward commercial sexual activity are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-631
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese females
  • policing
  • sex worker
  • situational crime prevention
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Applied Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)


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