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Jackie: Hunts Point, Bronx | by Chris Arnade
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Jackie: Hunts Point, Bronx

I ran into Jackie, twenty-eight, and Natalie after midnight. They were getting snacks and dollar bottle shots of liqour. Jackie became addicted to heroin and crack at an early age, and lost her four children to the state. "I was a young mother fucked up on drugs. I neglected them." She is a homeless prostitute and has been living wherever, rooftops, abandoned buildings, empty lots, for the last eight years, and is now in the methadone clinic in Hunts Point. "You live on the streets as a girl, you get raped. It just is."


When I asked her what her dream is, she said with a big smile "I want to get my GED, become a nurse, and get my kids back. I just want my kids."


I post people's stories as they tell them to me. I am not a journalist. I don't try to verify, just listen.


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Taken on February 11, 2012