MADRID -- A Spanish region on Friday ordered all brothels to close after recent coronavirus clusters highlighted the difficulties of tracking contagion in these premises.
For now, with no money to pay the rent, she's just waiting for the day she can go back to work, even though it will be complicated with self-distancing rules.
I'm not ashamed of what I do but I don't like people filming me because one day I want to change my life. Despite her situation, Rochel is a hardened activist who last year forced the courts to acknowledge there is an employment relationship between a woman working as a hostess and the owners of the club, in a case involving one of Madrid's best-known brothels.
Other Services. Beyonce, an Ecuadoran sex worker in Madrid, says the pandemic has brought business to halt and left her wondering how to pay the bills. There were 15 women at the club, most from Latin America, but almost all have left, according to Rochel.
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Five things to watch for at the Oscars. Just before the epidemic took hold, she started receiving clients at home for "erotic massage" but has since stopped, shifting her business online.
Already extremely vulnerable and with an ambiguous legal status, many of Spain's sex workers have struggled to make ends meet during the state of emergency, with clubs closed, clients staying home and fines for staying in the street. Alenca arrived in Madrid in October after fleeing violence against transgender people in her native Mexico. With all the clubs and bars shut down, "those who can get work online are doing it on the sly", either hosting clients at home or at their house, despite the risks.
Hopes fade for Indonesia submarine crew as oxygen dwindles. But right now, we're only recognised as victims, not as workers nor even as prostitutes," she said, in a nod to the large s of foreigners caught up in sex-trafficking networks.
She's also a member of OTRAS, the unofficial union of Spanish sex workers set up in in a country where prostitution is neither legal nor illegal, but is not recognised as employment. Do you like the content of this article? In landmark step, Biden expected to recognise Armenian genocide.
When she couldn't pay her rent in April, the estate agency threatened to throw her out but she received legal help from OTRAS which also provides food packages. For Beyonce, a year-old trans woman from Ecuador, a normal work day means standing on a street in the Villaverde industrial zone, Madrid's red-light district, and getting into clients' cars.
She says she was allowed to stay but made to feel as if it was "a humanitarian gesture, and not the right of an employee who deserves somewhere to live".
Spain sex workers left to fend for themselves under lockdown Spain sex workers left to fend for themselves under lockdown. What sex workers needed more than ever was recognition, says the Ecuadoran, an activist with the AFEMTRAS collective that has been lobbying for premises where women can shower and use the toilet.
But even before the state of emergency was declared on March 14, the work had all but dried up, with fear of the virus keeping both clients and sex workers away. Pedigree cats confiscated by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board during a drugs raid have found a home with a feline fanatic after being put up for auction. About 50 people have been identified as "at-risk" and have self-isolated pending Covid tests after Jarungvith Phumma, the secretary-general of the Election Commission ECcontracted the virus.