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MEXICO: The women of Casa Xochiquetzal

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Carmelita, resident of Casa Xochiquetzal, prepares lunch at the shelter in Mexico City, Mexico on September 14, 2012. 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