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SANTOS, Maria Altenfelder; FANGANIELLO, Ana Luiza Silva; PAPARELLI, Renata  and  OLIVEIRA, Fábio de. Health intervention with sex workers. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.1, pp. 101-110. ISSN 1516-3717.

Through an internship program, an intervention with sex workers was conducted, from the perspective of the worker's health. Taking prostitution as a job, characterized by its vulnerable situation, we sought to create within the work place (the brothel) a space for discussion, among the sex workers, on themes related to their occupation, with the aim of promoting the workers' health. With a total of ten meetings, issues was addressed concerning specific forms of organization for this type of work, its aspects of vulnerability, the prejudice experienced, and how bonds are established in that context. By helping the participants to retrieve their personal and collective meanings, this intervention has proved to be an empowering tool for the promotion of a deeper awareness and broadening the understanding of workers on their own experiences, covering their complexity and ambiguity.

Keywords : Sex workers; Vulnerability; Promotion of health; Analysis of work.

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