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Sonia, a resident of Casa Xochiquetzal, in her bedroom at the shelter in Mexico City, Mexico on October 2, 2013. Sonia is from Sonora and is 62. At age 14, she received a bullet wound in her head after being raped. Since then, her left arm and leg are paralyzed. But she turned to sex work anyway. 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