Unemployment and hunger have forced more Mexicans into sex work

Elvira Madrid, who leads the activist group Brigada Callejera, or the Street Brigade, said her group found 15,200 sex workers on Mexico City's streets in August, about 40% more than had worked in the trade before the pandemic.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The coronavirus pandemic has forced thousands of women and youg men in Mexico City into sex work, including many who had left the trade behind. But whether through exploitation or violence, their work is fraught with danger.

The economic impact of the pandemic caused many businesses to close, but the shutting of restaurants and bars, where many poorer women found work, was catastrophic.

Claudia, who like most of the sex workers asked to be identified only by her first name, had stopped working the streets a decade ago after she married one of her former clients . . .

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