With the increase in the number of crack addicts in Brazil and the government taking extreme measures to force the treatment of these people, I had the curiosity to look for and document the life of a dependent chemist from a more intimate perspective.
After a few days searching and investigating, I met a young woman named Paula, 37, in Recife, northeastern Brazil.
Paula allowed me to follow her routine for 10 days, showing the size of her generosity, in many conversations she shared her life experiences with me.
She told me that she was raped as a teenager and in a desperate attempt to preserve her dignity, she ran away from home. This made her seek alternatives to survive on the streets, was when a friend invited her to work as a call girl, from these friendships she started using drugs. She said she used almost all of them, but crack is the only one she uses constantly.
Paula still has to prostitute herself, otherwise she will not get the money to buy food and crack.
Mother of two children, she can not get close to the children since justice has forbidden her from having contact and she told me that this is the biggest pain that crack brought to her.
According to some studies conducted in Brazil, approximately 62% of crack users have to commit prostitution to pay for the drug.