Kosuke Okahara

Coca farmers stomp on coca leaves.. It takes 800 kilograms of coca leaves to make one kilogram of cocaine.
A coca farmer carries chemicals for making cocaine. Thhe rtruck into the jungle takes about five hours by horse.
Coca farmers prepare coca leaves to make cocaine. It takes 800 kilograms of coca leaves to make one kilogram of cocaine.
On the street of Bogota, one gram of cocaine costs less than $2. Many of young people from poor neighborhood are involved in drug business.
27 years old drug vender purchases drugs from a wholesales dealer in Bogota. The woman was arrested one month after this picture was taken.
27 years old drug vender divides cocaine for his customer. He has been working as a drug vender for 8 years.
27 years old drug vender sells cocaine for his customers. He has been working as a drug vender for 8 years.
Drug addicts in the crack house near downtown of Medellin, Colombia's second larget city. Nearly 200 addicts stay in this house.
Drug addicts in the crack house near downtown of Medellin, Colombia's second larget city. Nearly 200 addicts stay in this house.
Drug addicts in the crack house near downtown of Medellin, Colombia's second larget city. Nearly 200 addicts stay in this house.
A kid in the crack house near downtown of Medellin, Colombia's second larget city. He also consume crack. His mother stays in this house 7 days a week.
Mauricio, 21, demonstrate how he swallows heroin capsules for transport into the U.S. Drugmules are paid between 5,000 to 20,000 USD.
An X-ray of a mule caught at the Bogota airport. A mule might swallow upwards of 100 capsules, each containing 10 grams of cocaine or heroin. Approximate street value of the shipment in the U.S.; $100,000.
To catch drug mules, Bogota airport police pick passengers at random for an X-ray scan of their stomachs. Out of thousand passengers, they can only check 100 a day.
A man who lost his both arms when he was a child works at car factory in Barrio Triste where many drug addicts also live. His sister is in jail because of drug related crime.
Police officers patrol at night in Medellin in order to search for drug related criminals.
Street in Medellin
46 years old woman drug vender arrested near downtown Medellin, Colombia's second largest city. She is from small poor village and lives alone in poor neighborhood.
A prisoner sits in   La Badea Women's prison in Pereira, Colombia, where over 70% of inmates are serving time for offences related to drugs.
Babies of prisoners in the nursery  inside  La Badea Women's prison in Pereira, Colombia, where over 70% of inmates are serving time for offences related to drugs. Many of prisoner have children without husband.
A woman officer counts the number of prisoner in   La Badea Women's prison in Pereira, Colombia, where over 70% of inmates are serving time for offences related to drugs. Many of prisoner have children without husband.
Prisoners are dancing before they go to bed at 7:00 pm  in  La Badea Women's prison in Pereira, Colombia, where over 70% of inmates are serving time for offences related to drugs.

 

Dancing at the bottom

– People working at the bottom of the drug industry¬†–

In Colombia, drug is common. Many people are involved in drug business though people know drug is prohibited. However the reason why people get into drug business is quite simple. Poverty. Still 70% of population of the country live under the poverty line, less than 2 dollars in a day.

This is the story of people who are working at the very bottom of the drug business. It includes coca farmers in the jungle, drug dealers and addicts on the streets, prisoners who are serving time for offenses related to drugs, and a drug mule who is about to smuggle heroin in his stomach to the United States simply for money to live.

These people are always exposed and vulnerable. They risk their lives for a small amount of money. But many of them were born in poor neighborhoods, and have had no education or opportunities to get better paid jobs. For them, there is no other way. They are disposable. If something happens to these people, they are simply abandoned.