Right.... and I'm just curious as to who these men are who'd pay to have sex with these really scary-looking, obviously unhealthy prostitutes.
I am also grateful that I was then led to Charles le Brigand
I was happy to be able to locate Prince, coming back from collecting pallets for money.
I had been looking for him for over two weeks, hoping to finally give him a copy of his picture. I have been asked why I bother giving copies to folks who are homeless. Sure, a few of the guys probably lose the pictures pretty quickly, but then there are folks like Jamie, who frame them and proudly display the pictures. Its a nice feeling to see someone who has so little have something to be proud about.
I also wanted to see if I could help him. I offered to pay his fines for outstanding warrants if he agreed to immediately go into rehab. He agreed. I hope he actually follows through.
I call him Luis, but I am not sure. Luis is unable to do more than mutter a few words, often breaking down in tears. He refuses to go to the local shelter or Methadone clinic, sleeping instead in various spots, spending his waking hours bumming cigarettes and panhandling in front of bodegas.
I worry that my pictures put a happy face on addiction. Photos cannot capture the pain, suffering, and destruction wrought by heroin, crack or in this case whiskey. Sometimes it requires smoking a cigarette with a sobbing incoherent drunk to truly remind you what loneliness and addiction can do.
We have ALL -- at least those of us who live in cities -- seen prostitutes who look so filthy, unkempt, toothless, bedraggled, stinking, and just trampled upon by fifty or sixty years of hard living on the streets, that it is a fair question, in an age of widespread access to pornography featuring attractive women, why anyone would subject themselves to what would appear to be the ordeal of a sexual union with such disgusting people.
She has now turned to non violence and is married to Takeesha, her wife of five years. "The issues that we have in our background, we both needed somebody to love us without the sexual part, so we found that in each other."
When we asked her about the teen prostitutes in the neighborhood she said "When I am out here no underage girl will be out here. I will call the cops first. They will go down. Ain't no kids be out here. I got twelve children. If you aint a legal age you ain't doing it. It ain't your pussy yet, it ain't yours. It aint happening... Adult men having sex with children. Thats a no no. NO!"
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