Shelter for prostitutes in retirement "House Hochykettsal"

Most often, women become "night butterflies", seeing no other way to solve their financial problems. The comparison with the moth is not accidental and very symbolic: the age of the girls of easy virtue is short. Representatives of the oldest profession quickly lose their attractiveness. One manages to change his life for the better, find a job or get married, others do not. Want to know what happens to those women who are left behind? This is the case when it is better to see once.
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“Women with reduced social responsibility” are often lonely, not rich and not that happy. With age, they become even more vulnerable and defenseless. So much so that they evoke a feeling of pity, even among those who blame both the first oldest profession and its representatives.
Mexicans decided that it was necessary to help former prostitutes and created the “House Hochiketzal” (Hochyketzal - the goddess of love and fertility among the Aztecs) in Mexico City, where any representative of the weaker sex can turnif she has nowhere else to go.
Photographer Benedict Desrus decided to find out how life develops for the priestesses of love after retirement. For eight years, a woman has been capturing on a camera the life of former sex workers living in a shelter. In her photo project, DesRuss collected stories from those who dared to tell about themselves.
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Shelter "House Hochiketzal" provides former prostitutes with food and a roof over their heads, but its inhabitants prepare and clean it themselves. Employees of the organization also help women cope with psychological trauma and regain faith in themselves.
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"House Hochiketzal" - the only such organization in Latin America
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Jimena prefers not to communicate with the neighbors: most of the time she spends in her room
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Former sex worker Reynita forced to move with the help of a walker
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Former prostitute Carmelita prepares lunch for residents of the orphanage
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Victoria and Gloria pass the time watching TV
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At the age of 9, Maria Isabel ran away from home a year after her father began raping her. In Mexico City, a girl met a corn tortilla clerk who sheltered her.Maria Isabel should have received a diploma of a teacher, but shortly before this event, her rescuer died - then a 17-year-old girl began to provide sex services. In “House Hochiketzal”, Maria Isabel mainly reads, composes poems, embroiders and makes bracelets and earrings.
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Residents of the “House Hochiketzal” are responsible for their own lives.
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Amalia, 66, has lived in an orphanage since its opening. She earns money by singing on the streets of Mexico City, collecting plastic bottles and giving them up for recycling or selling clothes at the kiosk of her 31-year-old boyfriend. Amalia has been suffering from schizophrenia for 22 years, but despite voices in her head, she tries not to lose touch with reality.
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Most of the residents of the orphanage have relatives, but not all keep in touch with them. Victoria, who regularly visits the city of Pachuka to visit her daughter, is rather an exception to the rule.
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Every woman sets up her room as much as she can.
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Elia is trying to deal with psychological problems, talking with dolls
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Despite the fact that at the age of 9, Norma was raped by a friend of her brother, and then a local priest, she recalls childhood with warmth.The woman, who remained sociable and cheerful, worked as a waitress in institutions in poor areas where sex services are common. According to Norma, she has compromising all of Mexico’s residents.
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When Leticia, whose things are depicted in the photo, was 8 years old, her mother abandoned her. Growing up, the girl began working in nightclubs and soon married. And although her husband beat her, she did not want to divorce, since he earned good money. Leticia still left her husband, but only when he brought her mistress into the house. After that, the woman who left the children with her father tried to commit suicide twice. In the shelter, Leticia practices yoga every day, embroiders, knits and reads the Bible.
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At age 14, Sonya was raped by a man who then shot her in the head. Because of a teenage injury in a 62-year-old woman, her left arm and leg are paralyzed. Despite this tragedy, she still began to provide sex services.
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Employees of the House of Hochietzal also send former priestesses of love on various trips to help them unwind and bring variety to their lives.
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Victoria - a resident of the "House Hochiketzal"
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Soledad - a resident of the “House Hochiketzal”
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Juanita prays every day
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Kanela, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome, came to work in Mexico City at a young age. A woman suffering from several diseases is quite popular and highly respected in the “House Hochyketzal” district. She is the only resident of the orphanage who has no children.
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In 2008, when this photograph was taken, Paola was the youngest resident of the orphanage and still worked on the streets of Mexico City. On January 1, 2011, the woman disappeared without a trace.
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Social life in a shelter is governed by several simple rules. Every week, its dwellers meet in meetings.
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The former prostitute has not seen her mother for 15 years, but still came to the funeral of a parent who died of cancer. Until the mother died, the woman did not know that she also provided sex services.
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The son drove Carmelita out of the house because his wife did not want to take care of her mother-in-law and live with the former prostitute under the same roof.

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