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The Covid pandemic, therefore, comes as just the latest misfortune to hit an already battered island, compounding the problems that existed long before. A freelance photojournalist in Puerto Rico, I often have to create work that appeals to US and international media outlets, since local opportunities to place my work are extremely limited.
The empty adult entertainment club district in Santurce, Puerto Rico, shut down due to Covid shutdowns and curfew. Gabriella N. As a result, while some sex workers are forced to take the risk of meeting clients, many of my friends have been moving their operations to digital platforms. We need people and organizations to worry about us, to support us.
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Are they looking out for our needs? I started around January at a strip club in Isla Verde.
I am completely unemployed right now. I have monthly food assistance, but that amount of money only lasts for two weeks of groceries and sometimes even less.
Most of my savings have been used up since quarantine. I want to have a pension. The lack of education, space, and security is what worries me the most.
Especially as a trans woman in this country, where there have already been five homicides of trans people in less than two months. What difference is there between Alexa and me?
None, because like her, I am a poor transgender black woman. They hate us in this country. Some of us are working on communicating more with one another. Talk about experiences, communicating what we need, trying to get resources for each other. We are trying to organize a group to make collaborations and exchanges easier between the sex worker community.
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Activate your online access. May 18, Akila reviews her direct messages on Instagram from people and clients reacting to her posts.