Background characteristics Not using cell phone for solicitation (N=2272) Using cell phone for solicitation (N=756) P-Value
(n) or Mean(SD) (n) or Mean(SD)  
Age, Mean (SD) 30.3 (6.3) 28.2 (4.4) <0.001
Education      
No formal education 34.3 (779) 24.5 (185) <0.001
Primary schooling 17.1 (390) 25.6 (194) <0.001
Secondary or higher schooling 48.6 (1103) 49.9 (377) 0.529
Marital Status      
Never married 14.0 (318) 21.6 (163) <0.001
Currently married 36.6 (831) 16.9 (128) <0.001
Formerly married 49.4 (1123) 61.5 (465) <0.001
Sex work related characteristics      
Income only from sex work 57.2 (1299) 67.2 (508) <0.001
Age at sex work debut, Mean (SD) 24.3 (5.2) 23.9 (3.8) 0.031
Place of solicitation      
Home-based1 10.5 (239) 33.9 (256) <0.001
Street-based2 57.8 (1312) 29.5 (223) <0.001
Brothel-based3 27.6 (626) 13.8 (104) <0.001
Lodge-based4 4.2 (95) 22.9 (173) <0.001
SD: Standard deviation
1Home-based sites include client’s home, rented room and own home.
2Street-based sites include on the road sites, railway station/bus stands, market
areas, cinema halls, labor nakas and vehicles.
3Brothel-based sites include brothels and bar/night clubs.
4Lodge-based sites include hotels, lodges and dhabas.
Table 2: Profile of FSWs by use of cell phone for solicitation in four states of India (N=3028).
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