The portrayal of commercial sex workers in television dramas: Implications on creating awareness about HIV/Aids

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Addis Ababa University


This study examines how commercial sex workers are portrayed in television dramas. It also suggests the implications the portrayals have in creating awareness about HIV/AIDS and related issues. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are employed. Data was gathered through quantitative content analysis from 10 Ethiopian television dramas. In-depth interviews were conducted to gather data from scriptwriters, directors, commercial sex workers and an expert in entertainment education drama. SPSS package was used to analyse the data gathered through content analysis. The study reveals that commercial sex workers are positively portrayed but they are under represented in the dramas. This research is the first of its kinds in Ethiopia. Thus, the research findings can contribute for the improvement of the dramas concerning commercial sex workers and HIV related matters.



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