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MEXICO: The women of Casa Xochiquetzal, a unique shelter for elderly sexworkers

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A sex worker, who prefers not to share her name, attends the funeral of another sex worker in Tepito's neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico on October 1, 2010. She died of cancer at 54 years old. It was the first time her daughter had seen her in 15 years and she never knew her mother was a sex worker. Casa Xochiquetzal is a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City. It offers its residents refuge, food, health services and a place to learn about their human rights, as well as 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 in existence in Latin America. Photo by Bénédicte Desrus