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MEXICO: The women of Casa Xochiquetzal

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Jimena, a resident of Casa Xochiquetzal, in her bedroom at the shelter in Mexico City, Mexico on March 7, 2009. A solitary woman, she tends to spend much of her time alone in her own room. Casa Xochiquetzal is a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City. It gives the women refuge, food, health services, a space to learn about their human rights and courses to help them rediscover their self-confidence and deal with traumatic aspects of their lives. Casa Xochiquetzal provides a space to age with dignity for a group of vulnerable women who are often invisible to society at large. It is the only such shelter existing in Latin America. Photo by Bénédicte Desrus