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

Déjà’s mother was a crack addict and prostitute. At five Déjà started raising the other five children in the house. All shared a mother and none shared a father.

 

At nine her mother was taken away and the children split up. Déjà ran away from her foster family at twelve and came out as a woman. “I picked up all sorts of habits. I started doing things I don’t do, including smoking crack like my momma did.”

 

She has been in Hunts Point only a week, “I relapsed so here I am.”

 

She lives with Michael in an empty lot, working the track at night. “The only way I can prostitute is to drink and to do cocaine. How can you pretend to love and have sex otherwise? Addiction makes you do things you don't want to do.”

 

She sat in the cold spray of the hydrant, cooling off.

 

“I want the white picket fence, the Tupperware parties, the husband and kids.”

 

“Dream? That’s a fairy tale not a dream. Out here you can’t have dreams.”

 

 

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Taken on June 27, 2013