The checks never came, but the abuse did. Sex workers are feeling the effects of the MeToo backlash from angry American men as the workers encounter US customers who are bitter that their gender no longer gives them unchallenged dominion over women back home. Chests thrust forward as their left hands came to rest on their hips. A sex worker, who requested anonymity, drops by UCSD's long-term sex worker study and clinic in Tijuana. The group has regular meetings where sex workers can discuss problems ranging from abusive pimps to police extortion, they said, as well as legal services if sex workers are arrested on the street during the periodic sweeps the city conducts. Gina leaned back in her chair and draped a thin arm over the back, watching the younger women with amusement. Street view of Hong Kong, a popular nightclub in Tijuana.
Penny. Age: 21.
Known as the Magdalenas, since the early s they have provided some protection for each other, particularly from police abuse.
Kaelynn. Age: 27.
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Other bars and smaller clubs have relationships with nearby hotels, where sex workers can take their customers — in exchange for a fee to the bar. Slowly they transformed into Paraditas. Add on the cost of transportation, health care, and perhaps maintaining a drug habit, and most sex workers are barely surviving. The sex industry in Tijuana is a multimillion-dollar enterprise that employs thousands.