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Christmas Eve: Working the streets

image(Diane: Christmas eve 11)

Two years ago today Diane was sitting against the sign of the Hunts Point 7-11. We spoke for over an hour. Her story, now all too familiar to me, was of early trauma, addiction, and then street prostitution. She started at 19.

As we spoke a police car pulled up. They asked why I was talking to her. I explained and asked if they wanted to see the pictures on my camera.

They laughed, “Why would I want to look at pictures of that ugly bitch.”

I thought of being nasty back, but an Xmas eve in the Bronx Criminal Court didn’t seem all that appealing. In retrospect I should have done it.

Diana and I went into the 7-11 to buy food. The man behind the counter tried to kick her out. I told him, “Fuck off, she is with me.”

I didn’t see Diane again until exactly one year later, on the last Christmas Eve. She remember me and apologized about the police.
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(Diane: Christmas eve 12)

I went today. I did not find her. I am both disappointed and relieved.  I hope she is doing well. I hope she is with her three children in Arizona. I hope she found “What any girl wants, a decent man. I don’t care what he looks like. I just want someone to help me rest. To end my life in peace.”

I hope she is having a Christmas Eve spent in a home, not on the streets. I hope she is in a place where others don’t judge her. That would be a nice Christmas gift.

More on addiction here: Faces of Addiction


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