Limited Use of Health Facilities among Commercial Sex Workers after the Closing of Red-areas

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Women's health directly affects the health of children they conceived and they gave birth. Women's health is often forgotten and women are just objects on behalf of "development" such as family planning programs and population control. Currently, some red-areas have been closed, and it is feared that if those sex workers do not have a good understanding of their reproductive organs, they will have a negative impact on the community after the closure of the red-areas. Therefore this research aimed to know the knowledge of the sex-workers about the health of their reproductive organs. This research also aimed to know how the sex-workers utilize the health facilities after the closing of the red-areas. The methods of data collection were interview and observation. The location of this research was in Dupak Bangunsari, Tambakasri, Moroseneng, Kalkah Rejo, Jarak and Dolly. The informants of this research were the former sex-workers located in the study sites and health workers who had duties in the neighborhood. The analysis was done after all interviews and observations were obtained, and we compiled a report while analyzing the research data. The results shows that many of the prostitutes have minimum knowledge about HIV / AIDS and infectious diseases in human reproductive organs. Access to health facilities has been provided, but not well utilized, especially after the closure of the red-areas in Surabaya, where most prostitution practices take place illegally. It can be concluded that proactive steps should be taken by health professionals to provide knowledge on reproductive and infectious diseases, and how to maintain those women’s reproductive organs’ health; to the active sex-workers after the closure of the red-areas. Given the fact that it is increasingly difficult to monitor their existence, this is a warning for the government in facing one of the negative impacts of closing the red-areas in Surabaya.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Dynamic: Culture, Politic, and Education
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Sociology Education (ICSE 2017)
ISSN (Print)2184-2728


  • Prostitution
  • closure of red-areas
  • negative impact
  • illegal prostitution


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