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Table 1 Socio-demographic background of the female sex workers included in the sample (N = 425) in 2006

From: Utilisation of sexual health services by female sex workers in Nepal

Variables N Percentage
Age   
15-19 43 10.1
20-29 269 63.3
30 and above 113 26.6
Mean (SD) 26 (6.04)  
Level of education   
Illiterate 144 33.9
Informal-primary level 213 50.1
Secondary and above 68 16.0
Years of education completed   
None 275 64.7
≤ 1 year 35 8.2
2-5 years 41 9.6
6-10 years 63 14.8
> 10 years 11 2.6
Types of FSWs   
Establishment based 117 27.5
Street based 308 72.5
Caste/ethnicity   
Brahmin/Chhetri 154 36.2
Newar 63 14.8
Janajati
(Gurung/Rai/Limbu/Magar/Tamang/Sherpa)
187 44.0
Chaudhari/Madhesi 15 3.5
Dalit caste (Kami/Damai/Sarki) 6 1.4
Religion   
Hindu 289 68.0
Buddhist 99 23.3
Christian/Muslim 37 8.7
Total 425 100