Ã¢â‚¬Å“I left in 1999 and went illegally first to Mexico and then to the US. I was in the closet when I left and the economic situation was bad. I was begging for food in Mexico. Eventually I ended up in Dallas, homeless and living in the Salvation ArmyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s shelter. Then I met another transsexual. She helped me get some work selling myself on the corner. Then I began going to nightclubs and picking up men and going to their apartment to have sex with them for money. I saw everyone else with cars and TVs, I wanted that and pretty soon I had it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Then I met a Mexican guy in a bar and we got an apartment together and he became my boyfriend. He had a wife and kids he was supporting in Mexico too. He sold cocaine. He started giving me $20 packages of coke to sell. One night, these undercover police came into the bar where I was working and asked me to get them some cocaine. I got them a little. Then they came back the next week and asked for an ounce. So I called my boyfriend and next thing you know, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been busted for delivery of a controlled substance even though I only made a phone call. I spent two and a half years in jail. I took every class you can do, learnt English. I had a German boyfriend.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When I got released, I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe it when they sent me back to Honduras. My family didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to know me. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t accept my sexuality. I got a job selling beauty products but it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t earn much. No one else will give a transsexual a job. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m back on the streets again. I earn $5 for a blow job, $10 for sex in a car and $20 for going to a motel. I always tell customers IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a transsexual, otherwise they might get violent. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very homophobic here, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dangerous. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m saving up for my sex change operation. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve spoke to a surgeon and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do it for $3,500. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s never done it before; no one in Honduras has. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be the first. It costs about $15,000 in the US. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably go back there to work as a prostitute and then come back here to get my surgery. I think about it every day. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all I want from life.”