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Type Journal Article - AIDS Education and Prevention
Title Jaboya vs. jakambi: Status, negotiation, and HIV risks among female migrants in the “sex for fish” economy in Nyanza Province, Kenya
Volume 25
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 216-231
URL http://guilfordjournals.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1521/aeap.2013.25.3.216
In Nyanza Province, Kenya, HIV incidence is highest (26.2%) in the beach
communities along Lake Victoria. Prior research documented high mobility
and HIV risks among fishermen; mobility patterns and HIV risks faced by
women in fishing communities are less well researched. This study aimed to
characterize forms of mobility among women in the fish trade in Nyanza;
describe the spatial and social features of beaches; and assess characteristics
of the “sex-for-fish” economy and its implications for HIV prevention. We
used qualitative methods, including participant observation in 6 beach villages
and other key destinations in the Kisumu area of Nyanza that attract
female migrants, and we recruited individuals for in-depth semi-structured
interviews at those destinations. We interviewed 40 women, of whom
18 were fish traders, and 15 men, of whom 7 were fishermen. Data were
analyzed using Atlas.ti software. We found that female fish traders are often
migrants to beaches; they are also highly mobile. They are at high risk of
HIV acquisition and transmission via their exchange of sex for fish with
jaboya fishermen.

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