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Economics: Sex Workers: Egypt
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Commercial sex work/prostitution (daʿāra) in Egypt can be characterized as largely consisting of female workers and male clients and mostly concentrated in urban centers. Male and child sex work also exists in the Egyptian sex industry but on a relatively very small scale and it is especially concealed. Commercial sex workers/prostitutes (daʿ- irāt) mainly include Egyptian, Eastern European, and other immigrant women, such as asylum seekers (for example Sudanese, Somalis, Ethiopians) who largely resort to this work as a result of economic despera…

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Budiani, Debra, “Economics: Sex Workers: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0243c>
First published online: 2009

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