After years of working the streets of Mexico City, Carmen Munoz wondered what happened to sex workers like her when they got old – so she campaigned to set up a retirement home.
It was on the historic Plaza Loreto in Mexico City – surrounded by buildings that date back to the 16th Century – that Carmen Munoz set out on her path as a sex worker. She had come to the city looking for work and had been told that the priest at the Santa Teresa la Nueva Church sometimes found jobs for domestic workers.
She was 22, illiterate, and had seven children to feed – including one whom she carried in her arms. For four days she anxiously waited to see the priest, but when she finally succeeded he gave her no help and sent her away.
“He only told me that there was tons of work, and to look …