Fear of rapid social change is the cause for the popular notion fly-in, fly-out workers are increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections in mining communities, a new study suggests.
Co-author and sociologist Professor John Scott told the Science Network website the concerns about FIFO sex work on STI and HIV rates appear to constitute a “moral panic” rather than an evidence-based concern.
New South Wales University of New England researchers looked at the sex industry in rural and regional areas where mining booms are underway as well as other studies into FIFO communities.
The study published in the CSIRO magazine “Preview” found there was no evidence to support the link between FIFO and high rates of STIs in local rural communities.Nor has the link been made between increased STI prevalence among urban-based partners of FIFO workers, according to the study.
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