“Sometimes prostitutes are forced to have sex with a group of people, even though they just do a deal with one person,” said Angel Lay, who works for a Mandalay-based international NGO that implements projects targeting sex workers.“They are also regularly threatened with violence or even attacked, and sometimes clients cheat them.” Unsurprisingly, it is poverty that drives women to take these risks.Prostitutes, or sex workers, are found in every city and Mandalay is no different.Some history books record that during the reign of King Mindon, who founded the city in the 1850s, Mandalay had a separate administrative quarter for prostitutes.
Sometimes, however, after paying off pimps or handlers they are left with barely K500. Some barely make enough to buy food and so they have to keep ‘farming their paddy plots’,” Angel Lay said, using the slang term for selling their bodies.
The study goal is to provide evidence for monitoring and evaluation of PSI/Myanmar HIV Prevention Program.
The study is part of contribution to achieve the program goal to reduce the incidence of HIV among Key Affected Populations.
In a club in Yangoon "dancing girls" walk in front of an all-male audience. Photo Gilles Sabrié But in deeply conservative Myanmar — a state ruled by a brutal military junta until 2010, and which hosted its first open general election in 25 years on Sunday — such scenes are an increasingly common phenomenon.
Much like its politics and economics, Myanmar’s social conventions are evolving, pitting modern attitudes toward relationships and sexuality against traditional norms.