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June 2004

Kids With Cameras

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(6):512. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.6.512

In Calcutta's red-light district, over 7000 women and girls work as prostitutes. Only 1 group has a lower standing: their children.

As a New York-based photographer, I became involved in the lives of these children in 1998 when I first began photographing prostitutes in Calcutta. Living in the brothels for months at a time, I quickly developed a relationship with many of the kids who, often terrorized and abused, were drawn to the rare human companionship I offered.