• Oto Marabel

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  • Location: Mallorca
    Nationality: Spain
    Biography: Two times winner of Badajoz Journalism Awards. In 2016 selected in"First Impressions: Magnum Portfolio Reviews" Visa pour l'image16 (Perpignam). 2018 Finalist SIPA international contest. 2 Honor Mentions in Px3´18 (Paris Prix... read on
Public Project
Streets girls
The scenes are repeated in different districts of Freetown. At nights, when hundreds of lights bulbs powered by generators light up the streets, the girls go out together, take up the corners, approach the surroundings of the brothels where the adults work, offer theirself to men who prowl or, simply, wait for receiving their proposal. In Grafton, a peripheral neighbourhood, a group of minors do it from the shed where they live in, a wooden hut that a woman guards and where they try to catch the clients. In Mabella, close to the beach, ten girls live in a shanty of around three square meters, with a tin roof full of holes and settle on the clogged drain of a courtyard that neighbours use as a slaughterhouse and that emits a nauseating smell.
It is complicated to Know the exact number of minors that are, or were in the last months, in prostitution position in Freetown, the capital
of Sierra Leone, the tenth worst country in the world to be a child according to the 2016 report of ‘Stolen Childhoods’, from Save the Children NGO (document that also sets on 310.000 the number of orphaned children in this African country at the end of 2014, a 4,7% of the whole population and when there were still no real and final figures of the devasting consequences of Ebola)1. The Don Bosco Fambul NGO, which is the headquarter of Salesian Missions in the African capital, collects data since two decades about minors who suffer this situation and has calculated that, only in Freetown, currently it could be around 1.000 girls.
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