MEXICO CITY (CNN) — They're often misunderstood, frequently abused and even killed, and that's why a group of transvestite prostitutes in Mexico City want to become journalists. They want to shed some light into their world of darkness.
A sex worker named Krizna says she wrote a story about herself. It's the story of a prostitute and her pimp, a story of sleeping with johns for a piece of bread. Fifteen dollars was the reward if the night was especially good. Krizna wanted to tell her own story in her own words, she says that's why she's learning to be a journalist.
"Most media distort our stories. I've been interviewed before and i've told journalists about how i'm making the sex profession a dignified one, but unfortunately they chose to write only about my interaction with clients and how much money i charged," Krinza said.
The journalism workshop is being offered free of charge by journalist Gloria Munoz and a sex workers rights organization in Mexico City known as street brigade. The goal of the project is to help them write a book from the perspective of those who have known the horrors of life in the streets and have survived to tell their stories.
Munoz says she came up with the idea of creating the workshop while doing stories on prostitutes, and learning they felt misunderstood.
"I think that by training them in our profession, and creating this workshop, everybody can learn how to be a journalist. It has become a duty for me. The now feel it's not only a possibility, but a duty to tell their story," Munoz said.
It's the first journalism project in Mexico to teach prostitutes how to tell their own stories.
As a transvestite prostitute, a woman named Laura says her access and insights, make her the right person to tell the stories of others like her. learning journalism has allowed her to write about those who survived the streets for decades.
"Those i've interviewed are in their fifties, even their seventies. They're veterans and it's difficult for them to talk about these issues with a stranger, but I can relate to them and we can understand each other better," said Laura.