When Cata Flores found out she was pregnant, she was alone, broke, and living in a small town outside of Santiago, Chile. She didn’t know what to do, but she did know one thing: she couldn’t bring a child into the world without any resources or support.
She wanted to get an abortion, but that’s complicated in Chile, where it’s illegal under any and all circumstances (including rape and to save a women’s life). She couldn’t afford to fly out of the country to get an abortion, but she also didn’t have enough money to get the procedure from a safe but illegal local provider. Down on her luck and scrambling for options, Cata did what many poor women in her situation do. She found someone cheap.