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At first, I was only observing the street, looking for a door that may open to their closed, troubled worlds. Because – after everything they experienced here – they had learned something: Never trust a white man.

When I started this project, there were 15 African sex workers on the street.

In the end, I finally managed to enter their world.

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After more than a year, their number increased by four or five times.

During all this time, I lived a double life – one as a friend, the other as a photojournalist.

Luciba, a 23-year-old Zimbabwean, arrived in Turkey five months ago.

She is a sociology graduate who speaks English and French fluently.

Many of them find that prostitution is the last resort.

They eventually become sex workers, even while telling their families at home that they work in factories or stores.

The neighborhood is within walking distance to Kumkapı, meaning African sex workers are frequently seen in the bars. In the middle of the chaos of Aksaray, the street had an authentic atmosphere.

The sex workers, all of whom were Africans, were waiting for customers on the street, but seemed shy and fearful. But it took me three months to cover that distance to photograph their lives.

This Turkish expression refers to a dog-eat-dog world.

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