Paris Escorts Become Seamtresses
Faces of women concentrating intently on their work. This is what strikes the visitor who enters the main room of Dorothy, a community café located in the Parisian district of Ménilmontant in Paris, France
. This is where Tina, Anita, Grace, Coralie, Laetitia, and others meet every Wednesday — a handful of women involved in prostitution who participate in the Bakhita sewing workshop. Mannequins, sewing machines, scissors, sewing thread, pieces of lace, scissors scattered everywhere … It's like being in Ali Baba's cave.
This workshop was set up two years ago by the association Freedom for Captives ("Aux captifs, liberation" in French), which works with homeless people as well as with escorts
who make their living through prostitution. At first, the organization sends teams to find the women on the street and establish dialogue with them. In the second stage of the process, the women are invited to participate in some of the association's activities. "This is called dynamization," explains Marie-Antoinette Peltier, a professional seamstress, who runs the workshop. "It can be done through singing, art therapy, or a hairdressing workshop …"