Community Center for Sex Workers in Mexico

by Semillas


Casa Xochiquetzal will serve as a community center for independent sex workers and as housing for elderly sex workers who want to explore alternate forms of income and lead dignified lives.
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Elderly sex workers live in appalling conditions on the streets of Mexico City. Independent sex workers have the need to come together to hold seminars, organize reflection groups, and take primary- to high school-classes. Casa Xochiquetzal, a community center in one of the poorest and most marginalized neighborhoods in Mexico City, will give older and independent sex workers the space and opportunity to gain dignity and learn about their human rights.


Casa Xochiquetzal will offer housing for 63 elderly sex workers and develop income-generating projects, such as handicrafts and cooking. It will offer workshops and classes for sex workers.

Long-Term Impact

Casa Xochiquetzal gives sex workers a place to empower themselves through alternate forms of income-generating activities and education.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Article on Opening of Casa Xochiquetzal
Retirement Plan for Prostitutes
Mexico City's Elderly Prostitutes Find Shelter
Prostitution in Mexico

Organization Information


Location: Mexico City, N/A - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Marcela Salazar
Resource Development Director
Mexico City, Mexico

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