2010 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Marco Vernaschi

for Pulitzer Center

09 February, 2009

Prisoners in an ad hoc jail, an old house which they may leave between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Guinea-Bissau 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. One of the poorest country's in the world, it has no formal penitentiary system.

About the photographer

Marco Vernaschi

Marco Vernaschi is an Italian author best known for his thought-provoking visuals and inspirational campaigns. He developed a variety of photography-based projects ranging from d...

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