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The Zona Norte Experience: Sex Work, STIs and Municipal Regulations

Allison Combs and Chelzea Cozad

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Sex work in Mexico is a booming industry, drawing local and foreign clientele to major

cities and states. One of the most notorious hub for the sex work is Tijuana, a city where prostitution is regulated by the local government. To practice legal sex work, sex workers must purchase a license. In the late 1990’s, fifty percent of sex workers in Tujuana were estaimate dto  had at least one sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  In this podcast, we will visit Tijuana to talk about the experiences of sex workers and discuss if sex work should be regulated in Mexican municipalities.

Further Reading

Bucardo, Jesus, Shirley J Shemple, Miguel Fraga-Vallejo, Wendy Davila, and Thomas L Patterson. “A Qualitative Exploration of Female Sex Work in Tijuana, Mexico.” A Qualitative Exploration of Female Sex Work in Tijuana Mexico. Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers, August 2004.

Esposito, Anthony. “Mexico’s Prostitutes End up Homeless as Coronavirus Keeps Clients at Home, Shuts Hotels.” Reuters. Reuters, April 9, 2020.

Nogueira, Natalie. “‘But She Was a Whore, Right?” – Controlling Sex Work and Sex Workers in Mexico’s Border Zones.” Medium. Medium, July 6, 2017.

Rusch, Melanie L A, Kimberly C Brouwer, Remedios Lozada, Steffanie A Strathdee, Carlos Magis- Rodriguez, and Thomas L Patterson. “Distribution of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Risk Factors by Work Locations among Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico.” Sexually transmitted diseases. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2010.

Rivers, Matt, and Natalie Gallón. “Americans Are Still Paying for Sex in Mexico despite the Pandemic.” CNN. CNN, August 17, 2020.

Reducing Risk for Sex Workers in Mexico. kpbs, 2012.

Sirotin, Nicole, Steffanie A Strathdee, Remedios Lozada, Lucie Nguyen, Manuel Gallardo, Alicia Vera, and Thomas L Patterson. “A Comparison of Registered and Unregistered Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico.” Public Health Reports. Association of Schools of Public Health, 2010.