This is a beautiful set of photos from Casa Xochiquetzal, a government run retirement community, in one of the poorest and most marginalized neighborhoods in Mexico City. The home gives older and independent sex workers a community, health services, food and shelter, a space to learn about their human rights and courses to help them rediscover their self-confidence 

"Over here, it's just drugs, women and all the madness”: The HIV risk environment of clients of female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico

HIV vulnerability depends upon social context. Based in broader debates in social epidemiology, political economy, and sociology of health, Rhodes’ (2002) “risk environment” framework provides one heuristic for understanding how contextual features influence HIV risk, through different types of environmental factors (social, economic, policy, and physical) which interact at different levels of influence (micro, macro).

Sex Work and the City The Social Geography of Health and Safety in Tijuana, Mexico

A gateway at the U.S.-Mexico border, Tijuana is a complex urban center with a sizeable population of sex workers. An in-depth case study of the trade, Sex Work and the City is the first major ethnographic publication on contemporary prostitution in this locale, providing a detailed analysis of how sex workers' experiences and practices are shaped by policing and regulation.

Correlates of Unprotected Sex With Female Sex Workers Among Male Clients in Tijuana, Mexico

Article in in Sexually Transmitted Diseases: May 2010 - Volume 37 - Issue 5 - pp 319-324.

Background: Tijuana, situated adjacent to San Diego, CA on the US-Mexico border, is experiencing an emerging HIV epidemic, with prevalence among female sex workers (FSWs) having risen in recent years from <1% to 6%. Comparable data on FSWs' clients are lacking. We explored correlates of unprotected sex with FSWs among male clients in Tijuana.

Drug-related behaviors independently associated with syphilis infection among female sex workers in two Mexico–US border cities

Article in Addiction, Vol 105, Issue 8, 27 Apr 2010.

Aims  To identify correlates of active syphilis infection among female sex workers (FSWs) in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

Design  Cross-sectional analyses of baseline interview data. Correlates of active syphilis (antibody titers >1 : 8) were identified by logistic regression.

Distribution of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Risk Factors by Work Locations Among Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico


Background: Sex work is regulated in the Zona Roja (red light district) in Tijuana, Mexico, where HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevalence is high among female sex workers (FSWs). We examined the spatial distribution of STDs by work venue among FSWs in Tijuana.

'As prostitutes, we control our bodies': perceptions of health and body in the lives of establishment-based female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico

An article in Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, Volume 12, Issue 6, First published 2010, Pages 677 - 689.

Predictors of Sexual Risk Reduction Among Mexican Female Sex Workers Enrolled in a Behavioral Intervention Study

An article by Strathdee S A, Mausbach B, Lozada R, Staines-Orozco H, Semple S J, Abramovitz D, Fraga-Vallejo M, de la Torre A, Amaro H, Martınez-Mendizabal G, Magis-Rodrıguez C and Patterson T L in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 51():S42-S46, May 2009.

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