2010 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Marco Vernaschi

for Pulitzer Center

26 February, 2009

Crack was unknown in Guinea-Bissau until international drug traffickers arrived. Now, addiction has led many local women to prostitution. Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest nations in the world, has become a hub for cocaine trafficking as South American drug cartels seek new smuggling routes to Europe. With over 100 islands off its coast and a navy with no working boats, Guinea-Bissau offers a haven for drop-offs, storage and movement of cocaine.

About the photographer

Marco Vernaschi

Marco Vernaschi is an Italian visual artist and producer known for his thought-provoking visuals and inspirational campaigns. His diverse projects span documentary, advocacy, and...

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