Casa Xochiquetzal: shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City

Norma, a resident of Casa Xochiquetzal, rests in her bedroom at the shelter in Mexico City on may 24, 2013. Although she remembers her early childhood fondly, she was abused by one of her brother’s friends when she was 9 years old and was also assaulted by a priest where she lived. Soon after, she decided to find work as a waitress in various red-light districts. She’s a cheerful, extroverted woman who has the dirt on absolutely everyone. Casa Xochiquetzal is a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City. It gives the women refuge, food, health services and a space 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 existing in Latin America.