In Calcutta's red-light district, over 7000 women and girls work as prostitutes. Only 1 group has a lower standing: their children.
Photographer: Running, Gour, aged 12, Calcutta, India, 2001. Obtained through KIDS WITH CAMERAS, empowering children through photography, 1985 E 3rd St, New York, NY.
As a New York-based photographer, I became involved in the lives of these children in 1998 when I first began photographing prostitutes in Calcutta. Living in the brothels for months at a time, I quickly developed a relationship with many of the kids who, often terrorized and abused, were drawn to the rare human companionship I offered.