Urban poverty is rising in El Salvador, a country that's still suffering the consequences of a savage civil war that ended in 1992.
Many of those now living in the shanty towns surrounding the capital, San Salvador, were once farmers but their properties were stolen during the war.
Children sniffing glue, youth gangs, crime, are some of the signs of a desperate economic situation. For young women, prostitution is the only way out.
They call it the Red Zone. It's a street on the edge of the capital San Salvador.
Most of these women came from the countryside to work in the capital but didn't find a job.
Some others were brought here with false promises.
But all of them ended up in the most poverty-stricken areas working as prostitutes.
They claim they don't like what they're doing, and it is only the desperate economic situation in the country that has forced them into prostitution.
Grace, a 22-year-old homosexual is not an exception. He has been working as a prostitute for 7 years.
Necessity forced me. Yes, it is necessity that forced me to do it. And hunger. The cold I had to suffer because I was out in the streets, I didn't have a place to sleep in ; I used to sleep in parks.
SUPER CAPTION: Grace, homosexual prostitute
My mother died, she died five years ago. She left me with three little brothers. As I was the eldest I had to survive, and my brothers needed to study, asked for everything. They were hungry, they would become ill, and my family never helped me.
SUPER CAPTION: Maritza, prostitute
Little brothers to look after, or their own sons to bring up as single mothers.
The majority of the prostitutes that work in the poor areas of San Salvador are young and illiterate, and the only support they have is Flor de Piedra foundation.
Here, they take care of their health, physical and mental.
Flor de Piedra is funded with donations from European charities and has been fighting for the rights of prostitutes in the most deprived areas of San Salvador for four years.
Their aims where clear from the beginning.
Firstly open a place where they feel confident, and secondly that they take this place as somewhere they can feel well, relax, rest, get out of the atmosphere they're in for a couple of hours, so that they can talk about the problems they have.
SUPER CAPTION: Olga Martinez, Director of Flor de Piedra foundation
Between 600 and 800 prostitutes have visited Flor de Piedra in these four years.
Social workers here think that the most important thing they can give these women is self-esteem.
Once they have that, the social workers argue, they will be able to fight for their rights for themselves.
Maritza became a prostitute when she was 13.
No; I don't think I'm rubbish, because we are all equal. One knows how he was born, but never how he's going to end up.
SUPER CAPTION: Maritza
These women's future may look bleak, but at least they know that in Flor de Piedra they are always welcome.
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