January 28, 2016
On the Border: Tapachula’s Migrant Sex Workers
Today, our work focuses on protecting the rights of Central American migrants in Mexico and providing sexual and reproductive healthcare to sex workers in Chiapas. Approximately 40,000 Central Americans migrate to Mexico every year. Instead of making the journey to the USA, they settle in Mexico’s southern border areas, particularly in the state of Chiapas and the city of Tapachula.
Many women who immigrate to Mexico from countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras turn to sex work in order to make a living – often operating out of bars and clubs. However, since 2014 increasing restrictive legislation has made their situations precarious and their access to sexual and reproductive healthcare is severely limited.