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Objective: A pilot study was designed to determine the general health problems of inner city sex workers. Sample: The researchers worked with an agency that provides outreach services to these sex workers.
Through this agency, they had access to a purposive sample of sex workers in a large Midwest city. Methods: Nonparticipant observation was used to gather information about their health problems, the nature of information they may need, and the barriers to obtaining health care and health information.
They identified a number of physical or psychological problems, such as rape, depression, and tuberculosis. A major barrier to health care is a lack of information about where to go for treatment or how to obtain health insurance.
Conclusions: More research needs to be done by library and information science professionals to determine the information needs of sex workers and the agencies that provide them with health and social services.
Most women do not choose prostitution; rather, they are forced into this type of work because of drug addiction, poverty, or lack of education [ 2 , 3 ]. No library and information science LIS studies and few in other social sciences have determined the general health problems of women whose occupation is sex work.