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Pepsi: Hunts Point, Bronx

Pepsi, 43, grew up in Hunts Point. She started dealing drugs and smoking weed at 12, a shy girl attracted by what the older girls where doing. Heroin and crack followed, picked up in her later teens. She has been walking the streets for almost twenty years. "I have almost died out here twice. One john started choking me, another threw me out of the moving car like a bag of shit. Us girls try to watch out for each other, if I am your friend I'm not gonna let anyone do anything to you."

 

"I beat myself up all the time, I know that I am better than this, but I keep making bad choices. I been in jail over 40 times, my rap sheet is a book. Being out here, the drugs, you lose your dignity and who you are. "

 

When I asked her how she wanted to be described, she said "Spontaneous." When I asked what her dream was, she thought for a long time, then started to cry. "I want to be with my kids."

 

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Taken on May 25, 2012