A group of female sex workers we met in October 2005 to form Orquídeas de Mar (Sea Orchids). We organized with the purpose of deciding for ourselves against the injustice and the violation of our rights. In El Salvador, until then, there was not any organization composed pure and exclusively of sex workers, who were the protagonists of their own political changes. We did not know how to form an organization, but we were willing to do it. We began to meet in parks and cafes, looking for more and more fellows to join our dream of being able to organize ourselves to take control of our own history. In 2010 we obtained our legal status. We are more every day, and that motivates us to continue on this way.
Not many know this, but in the sea orchids grow. Such a beautiful flower, that survives in deep… many do not know they are there. Same as we are, sex workers, who survive in the midst of adversity by prevailing over all the beauty of our spirit and the strength of our fight.
Haydee Laínez - Tel: +503 25341742