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Natalia

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Felipe Dana

The Associated Press

07 August, 2012

Natalia Gonzales, a 15-year-old crack user, lives in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

About

Felipe Dana

He started his career as an assistant photographer when he was only 15. He later pursued a degree in photography at a university in his hometown, all the while working as a comme...

Background story

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Natalia Gonzales, a 15-year-old crack user, lives in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Once, blatant sale of crack at outdoor drug markets led to areas of Manguinhos and surrounding shantytowns being dubbed Crackland. But the drug seems to be disappearing from the streets.

Certain drug bosses say they have stopped selling crack, because it destabilizes their territories, making them harder to control. City authorities also take credit for the change, saying it is the result of a police offensive to retake slum areas long abandoned by the government.

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