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I thank the Archangel of the Neighborhood for the luck of meeting on my path these great women who earn their living by selling pleasures on the streets of Merced. They have inspired me to paint their stories and experiences in this old profession. God bless them, support and always protect them—wholeheartedly asks you this humble neighborhood artist Alfredo Vilchis Roque.

Corner of the miracles, Minas de Cristo, Mexico City

January 22, 1970

I thank the Holy Face of God from Acapulco for working a miracle that my daughter Sara stopped working as a prostitute.

Her mother Maria Solis

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Thank you, Virgin of Carmel, I was able to find my fiancé and convince him to go to the church for his own good.

Petra — Oaxaca, Mexico, 1968

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Thanks to the Holy Virgin of Juquila for saving me so I wasn’t infected with COVID-19 and STD when I forgot a condom.

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I dedicate this retablo to the Brow-skin Mother because, although I’m ugly, I’m a big hit with my clients. I have a lot of work, and I already broth my mommy from the village. We live very well, and I pray to stay safe and healthy every night.

Sagrario Ortiz — Mexico City, 2004

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Virgin of Guadalupe, may you be blessed for the luck of meeting a good man who got me from the life of prostitution and abuse, he forgave my past and asked me to marry him.

Lourdes P. “The Delicious”
Mexico, 1999

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One more year, my Saint Jude, I ask you to help me in my job as a prostitute so I could retire.

Vicky Valdez

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Azucena gives infinite thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe for helping her to find a job as a prostitute to make money for her son’s heart surgery whom she loves so much. She asks you to always protect her in her job, Virgin.

January 25, 1999, Mexico

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I give thanks to Saint Anthony who has always protected me so I could continue to do this job which helps me to support my children.

Mexico City, 1957

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Thank you, Virgin, although I have less clients because of the pandemic, I hope to gather money for the Christmas.

Nayeli Camacho

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— I love my life more and more with each time!

Señorita Daisy Nizzañe gives thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe because she became a prostitute since February 17, 1999, and she met a lot of people like Blue Panther Jr. who is her client. Amen.

Soledad thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe for she’s back at this corner to work as a whore after she was stabbed by a client who refused to pay for her service. She was between life and death. She brings this retablo showing her gratitude for the received favor.

January 25, 1985, Mexico

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I do not care what people say, I am a prostitute and I like and enjoy my work. Thank you Mary Magdalene for taking care of me and for so many clients.

Rosa M., Oslo 2018

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