The poignant sorrow of AIDS-infected sex workers

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Editor's note: December 1 marks the world's 26th AIDS Day. As of September 30, 2013, China officially has 434,000 people living with HIV/AIDS.

Gejiu City, in western China's Yunnan Province, is a place where the local population is made up of a large number of AIDS-infected people. The border city was plagued by drugs as early as the 1980s, followed by AIDS breaking out in the mid-1990s. The exhaustion of resources in this once tin-rich city at that time cost local workers their livelihood, turning many of them into victims of drugs and disease. Among them is a group of AIDS-infected women who sell their bodies for drugs.


A narrow alley in a village of Gejiu City hides sex workers waiting for customers to show up. They sell their bodies at 10 to 60 yuan (US$ 1.6 to US$ 9.8) in order to buy drugs. [Photo/Sina]

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