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Sex workers in crisis after running out of clients due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Sex servants have been affected by sanitary measures (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
Sex servants have been affected by sanitary measures (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

The coronavirus health crisis It has violated different sectors of the population, mainly the commercial and productive sectors. However there are others, like the sex service that has been affected by sanitary measures.

The sex servants They are part of a population made invisible by society and by the government as they are irregular and lack working conditions such as social security and benefits, leaving them exposed to constant abuse.

These types of workers they depend on their daily customers for income. By running out of them, they are forced to take extreme measures like sleeping on the street, they cannot access Unemployment Insurance either because they do not have official documents.

As they are not formal workers, they cannot apply for supports such as Unemployment Insurance (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
As they are not formal workers, they cannot apply for supports such as Unemployment Insurance (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Such is the case of Laura González, 61, who was interviewed by Political Animal, who pointed out that, after the Hotel closings due to pandemic and lack of customers, you can hardly afford your accommodation. On some occasions he has had to sleep on the street and, thanks to a friend, he can stay under a roof, although he does not know how long he will be able to do it.

“I am not afraid of disease, I am more afraid of being left with nothing. I do not have a house. If I had a home, I would go there while this lasted, "he said.

Despite the fact that they cannot access programs such as Unemployment Insurance to receive financial support of 2,600 pesos a month, they have tried to survive with two supports, one from the Government with unique cards and one from civil organizations.

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Most sex workers have been without income after the pandemic (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
Most sex workers have been without income after the pandemic (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

However, they indicate that they are not enough and that the vast majority of these suffer from the pandemic that has left them without regular clients.

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House of the Tiresias dolls AC and the Street Brigade They are civil organizations that are helping sex workers who have lost their income due to the coronavirus.

For almost a month, Street Brigade carried out street dining services for sex workers. However, on May 10, it stopped giving service, because according to Alern Palestina, a member of the association, they were left without financial support and the donations they receive are not enough to cover the demand.

The sex service is one of the sectors affected by the pandemic (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The sex service is one of the sectors affected by the pandemic (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

They point out that the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, had promised to open a hostel while the hotels remain closed, in addition to pantries and financial aid for three months, with an approximate of 2,600 pesos, similar to the unemployment benefit.

However, the only support they received was from a delivery of emerge emerging support ’cards, where a thousand pesos would be deposited, to spend in pharmacies and supermarkets.

According to the president, 3,100 cards were delivered to people in vulnerable situations, including sex workers, from whom she had received no private complaints, because although they were handed out without funds, the deposit was made the following day.

However, the Street Brigade claims to have the registration of 800 people who received the card with 132 pesos, which was later blocked for an alleged system error.

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Sex workers are still waiting for government support (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
Sex workers are still waiting for government support (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Regarding this, the Secretariat assured that it only had seven detected cases, and attributes the failure to the company that provides the plastics service, although it agrees to work to ensure that it is resolved.

In addition to financial support, the Capital government had agreed to give three pantries, one per month. But, the Street Brigade, denounces that this it has not happened so they have been left alone in the collection of food.

“We quote the compañeras here to make a second delivery. But we had to send more than 800 companions home without support, "said the Brigade.

Thus, the organizations mobilized to ask the cooperation of civil society to receive non-perishable food donations, such as beans, rice, sugar, and basic medicines such as acetaminophen to give them mainly to elderly sex workers, who are the most vulnerable.

For its part, the Secretary of Governmentinsists on having delivered 600 pantries in two exhibitions, the first on March 27 and the second on May 6, at the home of the Street Brigade, located in La Merced.

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