Eve Ekman gives an insight into the poverty, addiction, and desperation that affects many women trapped by drugs and prostitution
Using only her right hand, Alice rifled through the make up bag with fascination. She knelt over opening each lipstick and eye shadow and arranges them at her knees in the doorway of her dark room.
My bag overflows with hygiene and medical supplies for the women in these hotels. However, only the small make-up bag I bring is truly coveted. It often serves as the conversation piece with the women, giving us an opportunity to chat and be girly together.
Alice's left hand looked cartoonish in size--like Minnie Mouse's white gloved paw. But there was nothing funny about the massive swelling from an abscess just above the knuckle of her little finger, which left her arm puffy up to the elbow. Flushed from fever caused by the wound's infection, she finally chose a deep crimson colour and began to retreat back in to the warm darkness of her room.