After Hours Project

CITY LIMITS 2004: A CLEAN START
Written by After Hours Project

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The group's van is parked halfway between the area's prostitution and drug market, which puts it right in the path of sex workers coming to and from.

"Yo, you got condoms?" asks someone in a group passing by. One of the women wears her long hair in a swoop down the side of her face and neck. Soto guesses she's hiding track marks; when you've been using hard for a long time, you've got to find places to shoot where you can get a quicker, stronger high. The women who work this stroll are using with that kind of intensity. They choose the location for the convenience: Once they turn a trick they can go just a few blocks and cop a bag, and repeat the process all night.