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American snapshots: Cleaning up in L.A.

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

"This must be a mop made for men," Juana jokes as she wields a heavy mop, about as tall as she is.

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

"This must be a mop made for men," Juana jokes as she wields a heavy mop, about as tall as she is.

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

"This must be a mop made for men," Juana jokes as she wields a heavy mop, about as tall as she is.


Yesterday afternoon I caught up with Juana, the subject of an earlier post in which the Los Angeles domestica dished on the housekeeping industry, the need (or not) for papers, and the scandal over Meg Whitman's maid.

She takes the bus throughout the city to clean homes and apartments, usually invisibly while her clients are out, earning $10 to $15 an hour. Here is a bit of what she does:

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