The study focused on description and analysis of the lifestyle, the basic behavior patterns of women involved in commercial sex work (CSW) in their everyday life, including the features of their professional activity (including work schedule, client search channels, etc.), family life, relationship with social environment, sources of income, practices of alcohol and drug use, attitudes to their own health, etc. The main trends of sex business development in modern Ukraine were identified.

The study was conducted in Kyiv, Donetsk, Odessa and Lviv.


  • Depth interviews with CSW of biographical type (“life stories”). Total number – 45 interviews.
  • Sociometry.
  • Depth interviews with CSW “employers”. 8 interviews.
  • Non-included observation over CSW. 8 cases.