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

"I'm very intelligent but sometimes I feel disgusting because of what I do. I'm not really too happy with life, but I'm happy to be alive." -- Jennifer


Jennifer, 21, grew up with various foster parents. Her biological mother and father were addicts. She remembers the smell of drugs from being a child.


The sexual abuse started at 7 and continued until she fled her foster home. “My virginity was taken by my step brother. He raped me when I was 12. Raped me repeatedly.”


She now sells her body in Hunts Point for drugs, mostly heroin. She started crying as she told me her story.


"Because of the sexual abuse, sometimes I don't like having like sex because it does bother me mentally. But if it's fast, quick I said, I'm homeless. I have nothing. I grew up in a fucked up situation. Because of my father and brother, I'm screwed up in the brain right now. I'm not scared to say what I am and what I do. I see so many prostitutes who deny it. Don't be ashamed of who you are."


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Taken on November 11, 2012