Bours often resulted in neighbours reporting illegal sex work activities to

Bours often resulted in neighbours reporting illegal sex work activities to the police. The following passage presents anGlob Public Health. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 August 01.Author Manuscript Author Manuscript Author Manuscript Author ManuscriptHuang et al.Pageexample of the feasibility of building a safer local environment for sex work through the initiatives of FSW (in this case, Miss Yang [pseudonym]): When Dr Z brought me to Miss Yang’s small hair salon shop in the afternoon, she welcomed us in and we chatted about recent business, police crackdowns, etc. Yang is in her 40s with higher education than most other FSW. When Dr Z said she is very clever, willing to learn new things, and interested in sharing stories with others, Yang picked up the topic and gave us a few examples. `I always said, only those silly girls would be robbed or arrested; I worked here alone and am always cautious about safety; so I’ll purposely create a good relationship with my neighbours. You see the shop owners next door, when I first arrived, like others, they wouldn’t even look at me; but I didn’t care and didn’t give up, I went to their shops to buy things, and gave some fruits as gifts sometimes ?with time, they changed …. When I go out with clients in cars, I would purposely say loudly to them `Brother X, I’m going out with a friend now’, and they would come out and respond ?in this way, you actually told the client that you have some backup here and warn them not to do bad things; and my neighbour would also look at the car number ?sometimes they even would check on me by phone to make sure I was safe.’ (Field notes, 16 January 2013) While Miss Yang is an example of an FSW with better autonomy and capacity for relationship building, her experience was shared in JZ’s FSW group activities and promoted as one of the strategies women could use to build better neighbourhood relations. The JZ programme also strives to strengthen relationships with sex work venues and other small business shops in the neighbourhood in order to build community ties and provide opportunities to reduce stigma around FSW. These efforts often utilised creative, mutually beneficial strategies, such as contracting JZ’s newsletter to local print shops and dining at local restaurants. Relationship building and advocacy work with the local police and other stakeholders–Dr Z has used her Mangafodipir (trisodium) manufacturer personal resources to build relationships with local authorities including policemen and officials in the health LY-2523355 web sector. These efforts include assisting with government projects on HIV/STI testing in order to gain support and sustainability for the JZ programme and periodically inviting key stakeholders (e.g. police, health officials) to dinner. As eating is one of the most important activities for socialising and building relationships in China, dinner opportunities were arranged to invite policemen. This helped build personal relationships to facilitate a better community environment and relationships with law enforcement. The team also creates opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of sex work, such as providing health lectures to local schools. Although official agreements to support JZ’s activities remain challenging due to the illegality of sex work, these efforts were forms of advocacy work and the strong personal relationships fostered by JZ helped improve some conditions for FSW including reduced violence from police during crackdowns and increased opportuni.Bours often resulted in neighbours reporting illegal sex work activities to the police. The following passage presents anGlob Public Health. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 August 01.Author Manuscript Author Manuscript Author Manuscript Author ManuscriptHuang et al.Pageexample of the feasibility of building a safer local environment for sex work through the initiatives of FSW (in this case, Miss Yang [pseudonym]): When Dr Z brought me to Miss Yang’s small hair salon shop in the afternoon, she welcomed us in and we chatted about recent business, police crackdowns, etc. Yang is in her 40s with higher education than most other FSW. When Dr Z said she is very clever, willing to learn new things, and interested in sharing stories with others, Yang picked up the topic and gave us a few examples. `I always said, only those silly girls would be robbed or arrested; I worked here alone and am always cautious about safety; so I’ll purposely create a good relationship with my neighbours. You see the shop owners next door, when I first arrived, like others, they wouldn’t even look at me; but I didn’t care and didn’t give up, I went to their shops to buy things, and gave some fruits as gifts sometimes ?with time, they changed …. When I go out with clients in cars, I would purposely say loudly to them `Brother X, I’m going out with a friend now’, and they would come out and respond ?in this way, you actually told the client that you have some backup here and warn them not to do bad things; and my neighbour would also look at the car number ?sometimes they even would check on me by phone to make sure I was safe.’ (Field notes, 16 January 2013) While Miss Yang is an example of an FSW with better autonomy and capacity for relationship building, her experience was shared in JZ’s FSW group activities and promoted as one of the strategies women could use to build better neighbourhood relations. The JZ programme also strives to strengthen relationships with sex work venues and other small business shops in the neighbourhood in order to build community ties and provide opportunities to reduce stigma around FSW. These efforts often utilised creative, mutually beneficial strategies, such as contracting JZ’s newsletter to local print shops and dining at local restaurants. Relationship building and advocacy work with the local police and other stakeholders–Dr Z has used her personal resources to build relationships with local authorities including policemen and officials in the health sector. These efforts include assisting with government projects on HIV/STI testing in order to gain support and sustainability for the JZ programme and periodically inviting key stakeholders (e.g. police, health officials) to dinner. As eating is one of the most important activities for socialising and building relationships in China, dinner opportunities were arranged to invite policemen. This helped build personal relationships to facilitate a better community environment and relationships with law enforcement. The team also creates opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of sex work, such as providing health lectures to local schools. Although official agreements to support JZ’s activities remain challenging due to the illegality of sex work, these efforts were forms of advocacy work and the strong personal relationships fostered by JZ helped improve some conditions for FSW including reduced violence from police during crackdowns and increased opportuni.

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