Photo: BĂ©nĂ©dicte Desrus
MarĂa Isabel in her bedroom at Casa Xochiquetzal, 2013. The former sex worker, who grew up in MichoacĂĄn, Mexico, ran away from home at the age of 9 after a year in which her father âused her.â When she got to the Mexico City bus station, she met a woman selling tamales who offered her a home and education. MarĂa Isabel nearly finished her studies to become a teacher, but when her caretaker died, she became a sex worker at 17. She now reads, writes poetry, embroiders, and makes earrings and bracelets.
The Lives of Retired Sex Workers in Mexico City
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