Malinda, 17, Niger, 2010

Malinda, 17, Niger, 2010

I was told Rakia was driven to mental instability by her circumstances and left the mining town where she had tried to support her child and herself. Like many young women she was driven from home, Rakia and Malinda [pictured here] and with no skills they were left to fend on their own. Malinda’s fellow ‘barmaids’ have become her family. It’s unlikely that her situation will change. Rakia has since resurfaced in another mining town where she continues to sell her body.

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