Casa Xochiquetzal: shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City

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Casa Xochiquetzal: shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City

Amalia, a resident of Casa Xochiquetzal, puts on makeup before going out to work on the streets of the La Merced neighborhood of Mexico City. Amalia, 66, is from Michoacan and came to Casa Xochiquetzal when it first opened its doors. She wears a wig and pads her bra. She is very animated; words and songs come easily to her. She has also suffered from schizophrenia for 22 years, but despite hearing voices, she works hard not to lose touch with reality. As a way of earning a little money, she gathers plastic bottles to recycle and also helps to sell clothes in a stand operated by her boyfriend of 31 years. Photo by Bénédicte Desrus